Ah, high school graduation. The eternal significance of making it through the worst four years ever, no thanks to you, administration. A time that your family looks forward to and everyone is excited, right? WRONG. My Walmart cake memory of celebrating graduation was a little different than the fancy dinner celebration my older siblings had, because everyone was more preoccupied.
One of my siblings was getting married 13 days after I graduated, so that took priority. Having a wedding and a graduation so close together was not fun on my end. Not that I'm not grateful being able to have a graduation party, but being told that my family was more focused on my sibling's wedding at my graduation party was a little disheartening.
Every conversation I had with family leading up to my graduation somehow or another got turned into a wedding conversation. I'd fake a smile and say “I'm excited," but deep down I'd be like, “Hello, I'm graduating high school here! This is something important to me!"
My graduation Sunday was the service my old church put on for us graduates. All my family could think of was the wedding.
I will say that I had three family members come to senior night, where I had a small part in a skit we put on. However, the second my graduation was over, it was back to wedding planning.
I say all this to stress that it's not the fault of my family for wanting the wedding to go smoothly. It's the fact that it was all they could talk about. My graduation was just something they had to get through in order to be able to continue wedding planning, and the wedding wasn't even that big! If you or someone in your family is getting married, maybe point out not to make it so close to another family member's milestone. Yes, a wedding is a SUPER big milestone, but for someone who isn't able to be at that stage in her life yet, high school graduation was the one thing I could say I accomplished, and I couldn't even do that because almost no one cared.