Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 14, 2014

Be considerate of others at graduations

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — This past week I had the opportunity to attend not one but three high school graduations. My first one was Thursday, June 5, 2015, at Manor ISD in Manor, Texas, which was the graduation of my oldest grandson. There was balloons and flowers everywhere, but none blocked our view of seeing my grandson walk across the stage to receive his diploma, which was the reason we drove 3-and-a-half hours to see.

On Friday, June 6, 2014, we headed back to East Texas to see my great niece graduate from Jacksonville ISD. We arrive at the Tomato Bowl and obtain our seats. Soon, here comes the balloons, about 15 or 20 all bunched together. No view of the platform or the graduates seated on the field. A few minutes into the program, here comes another bundle of balloons, no quite as large as the first one, maybe 10 or 12 bundled together. This person takes a seat on the steps in the aisle right next to the first person with the first bundle of balloons. Now, our total view is completely blocked.

Everyone was complaining, people beside me, behind, in front and all around. They finally got the message and left with the balloons. What a relief for all of us. We know this is a very special and joyous occasion for the parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and all the family. We don't come to graduation to look at balloons, we come to see the graduates receive their diplomas.

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, my husband and I once again on the road to Houston to see the graduation of my second oldest grandson, who graduated from Klein Collins ISD at Reliant Stadium.

As we walked from the parking lot to the stadium, people who had balloons were told by security that no balloons were allowed in the stadium, so they had to return them to their cars or leave them somewhere outside.

All of this is to make one point, we come to see the graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, not balloons floating in the air blocking our view. So, some common old-fashioned courtesy would be appreciated at further graduations.

Ruby F. Nelson