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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Graduation to the Max

Max graduated from eighth grade tonight. His school is a K-8, as are all eight elementaries in our town, which is a very nice thing because the kids become very loyal to the school and bonded with each other. Of course, it also guarantees they are ready to leave for high school by the time they are through, because they have spent nine years there!

Max received eight awards prior to tonight’s ceremonies, in French, Student Government, Speech Contest, Writing Contest, and other areas, totally bowling us over. Tonight he surprised us again by receiving an award as one of the top eleven academically in the class!

Max also was asked to speak, along with this young woman, and they co-wrote a speech about how the class has grown in terms of learning how to become less cliquish and more inclusive of everyone, as they experienced on their two-night camping trip to Caratunk, Maine. He spoke very well, clearly and loudly.

I was on the edge of my seat.My parents also were here, and they were totally kvelling. Such nachas. (Yiddish for “pride that comes from your children doing well.”) Ned and I could not go to sleep, not only because Ned’s colleagues kept him up talking about some bug or something, but because we felt so happy and proud to have such an accomplished mensch for a kid.


You are great parents. Proven in your book about Nat and your success with your children. Yeah Max! It is all uphill from here. Life is good, you are a proud parent, you looked great in your dress(am jealous). You are back in FULL swing!!! Great to see you back and happy.

— added by Laura Cottington on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 11:38 pm

mozeltov!! (did i spell it right? i’d have to wake my husband to be sure and that’s never wise!) SO wonderful! i’m kvelling over here too!

— added by kyra on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 11:52 pm

Congratulations to Max! (And to you and Ned, as well!)

Max seems like an incredibly well-rounded young man.

— added by Tera on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 12:35 am

Schmaltz is good. 🙂 Way to go Max. Way to go family.

— added by Camille on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 2:05 am

I am glad you arrived at some well deserved happiness between the summer olympics and this graduation ceremony-If you second guess youself – look back on this day….and your kid is a good looking kid- i think he has your eyes!

— added by Kristen on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 7:30 am

You have a wonderful family. I love reading your good news!

— added by Julia on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 5:34 pm

Susan, your blog is on my daily “must read” list. You threw me there when you weren’t posting for a while.
My son, Connor (ASD) also just graduated from Grade 8 although here elementary school goes from k-7 and high school 8-12 so he finished his first year of high school. He’s also a blogger. You can check him out at
Your kids are all gorgeous.

— added by DeeDee on Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 5:49 pm

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