Ask Someone Else's Mom by Susan Writer

Abrupt End to Regular School Year Jars Graduating Children's Family

DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I know there are millions of families all over the world who have had their lives disrupted by the pandemic one way or another. One way it has affected us is that it has meant that our oldest and our youngest may not get to have graduation ceremonies, at least not for months to come. Finishing college and high school on-line was strange and stressful, but they both were able to do it, and we’re proud of them.

This is certainly not the end of the world, I realize, especially with so many really suffering right now, but I was wondering if there is anything wrong with sending out graduation announcements when it is uncertain when, or if, there will be official graduations? --- MISSING THE CEREMONIES

DEAR MISSING THE CEREMONIES: Congratulations to your kids and everyone else who successfully finished their programs during these extraordinary times.

The past weeks and months have turned a lot of things upside down for nearly everyone, but I see no reason why you shouldn’t share some good news about your children, just as you would’ve done under less unusual circumstances. I’m guessing there are friends and family members who would enjoy an opportunity to celebrate, even virtually, a happy life event or two right about now.

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