Update on Life in General:
June 7th was commencement. The whole family drove up to Bakersfield and watched me walk. I got to sit with the whole AV group and see some friends. It was incredibly fun. The ceremony was certainly interesting. For starters, the entire faculty were all wearing the strangest robes. At least the graduating students’ robes looked dignified whereas the faculty robes can only be described as costumes. One gentleman was wearing a bright yellow beret/turban/tassel. All that can be said for that hat is that it allows the wearer to stand out and prevents any modest retirement into the crowd.
To continue: there was a “Libation”. I was expecting some sort of classical Greek thing to honor knowledge and education. It was actually a plant watering ceremony. In honor of our ancestors, a lady poured water and the crowd was supposed to respectfully murmur, “Ashe”, which means “so be it”.
The commencement address was from a former senator. He exhorted us to be on time, wear sunscreen, and told us that social security no longer works and that it’s our problem to fix. Didn’t tell us how, though.
Now that school is out until September, I’m lifeguarding, reading, and finishing the final details on the application for the teaching credential program at CSUB. I have to get fingerprinted and turn in some CSET results to the office. I also got to go to the Resolved conference with a group from church and listen to pastors like John Piper, John MacArthur, C.J. Mahaney, and others, which was a huge blessing.
Hear my prayer, Lord; let not my soul faint under your discipline, nor let me faint in confessing to you your mercies, whereby you have saved me from all my most wicked ways until you became sweet to me beyond all the allurements that I used to follow. Let me come to love you wholly, and grasp your hand with my whole heart so that you may deliver me from every temptation, until the very last. And thus, Lord, my King and my God, may all things useful that I learned as a boy now be offered in your service- let it be for your service that I now speak and write and count.
~Saint Augustine, Confessions
The delights of graduating are manifold and include receiving a personalized letter, beginning “Dear Graduate” from Michael D. Antonovich, head of the Board of Supervisors County of Los Angeles. It is amusing and slightly alarming. Amusing, because the letter suffers from 18th century punctuation and capitalizes important words like “College” and “Blessed”. Among other things it exhorts me to set high goals as they are vital to my future. Alarming, because The Government is paying enough attention to something or other and knew that I myself am graduating (I do go to a state school so I can see how they figured it out). Now, if only they told more kids that they too could receive a letter like this. We’d see a tremendous rise in college graduations in the next generation.
The saving grace: “Not printed at taxpayer expense”. Does that mean that it comes out of Antonovich’s pocket? Curiouser and curiouser!