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Ceremony. Tradition. Why They Matter.



Just last week my husband and I attended the graduation of our two oldest children! Our daughter graduated with a Master of English degree, and our son with a Bachelor of Computer Science. My son did NOT want to “walk”, let alone pay for the graduation gown and mortarboard rental. I’m very glad he did, and he’s very glad (now) that he did.

This punctuation in life was so memorable!

Ironing the gowns together (in shifts), hearing Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” (which makes me teary), my children’s gowns billowing in the wind, mortarboard tassels waving, all made me grateful for ceremony:  how ceremony reflects values in every culture and gives us a sense of belonging, whether it is a Japanese tea ceremony, erecting totem poles in ancient British Columbia, or walking around in billowing Medieval graduation gowns that visually tie us to the past and present. It was a great day.



Author: Gwendolyn

Welcome, friend! I am an American writer, based in Utah. SIT.SIP.n.BE is a blog I created to share my passion for slow, simple living, and the importance of camaraderie. Since 2005 I have dug deep and unearthed rich things about life, self, God and others as I've lived with autoimmune disease. In spite of occasional darkest days, there are compensatory the-light-is-so-bright-I-have-to-squint moments that are utterly joy-FULL ... bursting with fulfillment and gratitude . Life can be fulfilling even with what some call limitations. Loving conversations, healing conversations, and learning conversations ARE possible with self and God.

2 thoughts on “Ceremony. Tradition. Why They Matter.

  1. Ritual is so important. I think it’s easy today, to just be casual and not take anything too seriously. Congratulations on your beautiful children’s accomplishments. You and Stan have set the standard. You can be very proud. I’m so glad you were able to relish in the beauty of the big day.

  2. I agree, Mary Jane! It is so easy to be casual these days. I’m glad that we rose to the occasion and enjoyed this ceremony. It really was memorable. xo

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