Friday, May 22, 2009

The Dance Mix of Life and Death






It is with great pride that MathMan and I celebrate the accomplishments of our daughter The Dancer today. Her high school graduation commencement exercises will be held this morning.

At MathMan's school, they will also be celebrating graduation, but the ceremony will be blurred around the edges with grief. One of the school's teachers was killed last night in an auto accident on the way to his bachelor party.

Somehow we humans are able to take it all and do with it what we must. We celebrate, we mourn. Our tissues are made to absorb the tears of sadness and pride.




And on and on and on......


This blog will return to its regularly scheduled foolishness soon........

32 comments:

  1. Congratulations to all!
    I hope you all have a lovely day despite the sad news.

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  2. Life is such a strange mix of joy and sadness. Congratulations to your Graduate! What a happy day!

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  3. Oh God... joy for you and Mathman and the Dancer, the Actor and Garbo... and prayers for the grieving fiancee and family.

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  4. It will be a wonderful fun and sad day for you all, just dealing with the graduation of the Dancer. Fun because it is the culmination of all she has worked for so far, and sad because of the same. Fun because it is the beginning of the next stage of her life, sad because of the same.

    And the exact same for you and MathMan.

    I am sorry about the teacher at MathMan's school, that is going to be hard on all concerned. His students will find it hard to deal with as will his family and loved ones. It will temper the happiness for sure. And I am sure it will overshadow yours some.

    As you said, we are able to deal with it all, and it is wonderful we can.

    Have a happy day and enjoy what you can, celebrate this wonderful day with love.

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  5. Congratulations to your family! One down, two to go.

    Mathman HS seems to have experienced a lot of ups and downs this past year. I hope next school year will bring nothing but ups.

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  6. Tragedy always gives us a reminder of what we should be grateful for.
    Very sad.

    A big congratulations to the Dancer. She's worked hard.

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  7. Much happiness and joy to Chloe and to all of you, so much love to you all.

    I am so sorry about that tragic death, how awful, how sad.

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  8. Congratulations to Chloe, and to you and Mathman. Life is a long journey, and the happy and sad are mixed in odd ways at times. praying for the family of the teacher, what a sad loss.

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  9. Congratulations for the Dancer.... She is one Phenomenal Woman!

    crushed at the news of another pointless death....that is horrible news...

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  10. Congratulations to Offspring #1 and what terrible news, so I second Suzi's sentiments.

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  11. I am sorry to hear about your friend's death. I hate it when life is so tragically poignant like that. Of course it happened today, on a day that is so bittersweet for you already. I am sure you are so proud of The Dancer, but I get weepy when my children get a perfect attendance certificate at school, and know what a mixed blessing it is to see them grow. You've done so well despite all your entertaining foibles, dear(s). (Thank goodness you have them, or you'd be so much better than us.)

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  12. Congratulations to the Dancer - she is lovely. And so sad about Mathman's colleague. Life truly is full of both joy and sadness.

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  13. Not sure how to react. . .

    Joy and celebration with you and your whole family, as well as grief for this young man's family, his fiancee, who has lost her love on the eve of her wedding, and your husband a colleague.

    When it makes sense, let me know. Right now, I'm going to close the blinds and try to not think about it too much.

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  14. My graduation ceremony happened shortly after Columbine, meaning that there were metal detectors, police officers, and bomb sniffing dogs there. Had a way of overshadowing the intended purpose.

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  15. congrats to you, Mathman and the Dancer.

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  16. Congratulations. Such a beautiful and accomplished lady. Look how your benign neglect turned out! And the other two will be completely different and probably just as amazing.

    This is the first thing I ever heard of the Weepies. And I'll never stop loving the album it's on.

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  17. Oh man. Now that's a mix of emotions. Congratulations to your daughter. She's gorgeous, to boot. The groom-to-be, that's just doubly sad. As Braja reminds us, death is part of life, but we sure don't have to like it, especially when the timing couldn't be worse.

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  18. Love to all of you.

    And the perfect choice of a song to capture so many emotions. I love the Weepies. Grace sang one of their songs in her school talent show yesterday.

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  19. what a sad sate of both happiness and sadness....sending love xx

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  20. Congratulations to the Dancer -- and condolences to Mathman and his colleagues.

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  21. Congratulations to your wonderful, beautiful daughter. You must be bursting with pride over her!

    And condolences for the sad, needless death of another person at MM's school.

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  22. Great happiness and sadness all mixed together.. the mysteries of life are profound.

    Congratulations to the Dancer and all of you for helping her to become such a beautiful young woman.

    Peace and blessings to the fiancee and family of the teacher who lost his life.

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  23. That's one confident, beautiful kid you have there, Lisa.
    Mazel tov!

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  24. Congratulations to Chloe and to your whole family. She's gorgeous and talented and cool, and I hope to raise a daughter just like her.

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  25. Life is full of such surprises...both wonderful and terrible.

    Congrats and condolences.

    By the way, I think you may be having the same problem with your blog opening as i was having with mine. Something to do with BLogger and the Followers widget. I removed mine, and all is now good again. Apparently, many people using Blogger are having the same problem.

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  26. Joy and heartbreak so often walk hand in hand.

    I'm happy for you to have raised such a lovely young woman and for her accomplishments. Saddened by MathMan's colleague, his family, his fiancé. How horrible. I read about it in the paper actually, but guess I didn't realize that's where MathMan worked.

    Anyway, congratulations to the lovely Dancer and to you for raising a bright and beautiful daughter.

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  28. Congrats to the Dancer! :)

    And many sympathies to the teacher and his family & friends...

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  29. congratulations to chloe on a remarkable accomplishment...she was so cute in the video, you must be very proud of her!

    I am sorry to hear about such sad news on this happy occasion... blessings to all involved.
    XO

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  30. And didn't it seem like yesterday that you were changing diapers. Don't blink or you'll miss college graduation.

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  31. Lisa, your daughter is absolutely beautiful.

    So sad about the young teacher, though. How awful.

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