There are a number of things I never would have thought I’d hear myself mutter in 2020. Those include, but are certainly not limited to:
“What the fuck is a murder hornet?”
“I need more fabric paint to decorate/personalize my face mask and headband.”
“Look, I need the steps. Let’s go inside and pick up the food, instead of being so lazy and doing curbside delivery.”
“I haven’t filled up my car with gas in 2 months and I still have a full tank. And nowhere to fucking go.”
“Well, we’ve watched everything else. So, sure, we can watch John Tucker Must Die – it’s such a masterpiece of American cinema.”
“Oh shit. I never ordered your cap and gown. I wonder if we could borrow Noah Ferguson’s?”
“What in the ever-loving pandemic hell do you mean you don’t expect a delivery of toilet paper for another week?”
“I really wish there were more cool memes about whatever the hell this COVID-19 thing is, so that I could share them on social media.”
And my personal favorite? “Hey genius…get dressed before you come downstairs. I’m really not interested in having all my colleagues see you walk behind me again in just your boxer briefs.”
The genius I’m referring to is my oldest son Alex. He made the guest appearance in the background of a work Zoom meeting, with about 15 of my colleagues watching.
But, I’m giving him a bit of a break because he’s a Class of 2020 Senior. And his final few months of high school have gone nothing like we ever anticipated:
- There was no Spring Track & Field season, where he would have competed in the throwing events with his football buddies Will and Ben
- There was no Prom
- There was no Senior skip day
- There was no Senior prank
- There will be no Big 33 game for him to play in, with the other kids from Maryland who made the team.
- There will be no Senior Week (now called SWeek) at the beach
- There will be no graduation ceremony with his entire class
- There will be no ‘Safe and Sound’ all night party at Adventure Park
And there was no formal, fancy, grand, scrolly-font-on-linen-paper graduation announcement to send out to family and friends, touting the fact that he had achieved this milestone.
Well, it’s not that an announcement like that wasn’t offered. It was offered, but we had no idea at the time if the scheduled June 3 graduation ceremony was going to take place at all. But that didn’t stop me from coming up with an idea for something special, to let everyone know just how special we think Alex is.
I had my amazingly talented designer friend Rebecca create a non-traditional card as an announcement. So, without further ado…
I have an announcement I’d like to make:
A final accolade came in after the announcement was printed. Because of Alex’s accomplishments and awards for football in his Senior season, he is being inducted into the Walkersville High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Globally, things we are familiar and comfortable with have changed. And for our family, things we are familiar and comfortable with will be changing when our oldest heads off to college this Fall.
Change and uncertainty be damned. The Rice family will be over here putting together something good. Maybe even something great. Please join us.
Congrats to all those in the Class of 2020!