I have said good-bye to these seniors almost every night for the past two weeks. We have a final class together and we all have our goodbyes. Then we have a department meeting for all the theatre majors to say goodbye to the seniors. Then the parents want to have a banquet for all of the seniors to say goodbye. Then we will have graduation and then every parent of every senior will want to have a get-together to say goodbye. I have actually said goodbye to some seniors more then I have ever said welcome.I get that this “leaving of high school” is a pivotal right of passage – but it does seem a bit excessive. Tears of seperation can only really be expected at the first half dozen good-byes. Then I am just not sure that the tears are going to be there.
I find it odd that as the years go by, we just do all things to excess. We test to excess. We evaluate to excess. We honor to excess. We “good-bye” to access. Who knows, we may even be teaching to excess. I am thinking that back in the day it was one big ol’ test, followed by one big ol’ graduation, and then the oblivivion of adulthood.