Full Photo Gallery (32 photos). Thanks to Klaes’s parents
Anu graduated from high school yesterday. I’m super proud of her. Anu and Subu are all the things I’ve always wanted to be – smart, beautiful, and popular. They’re also responsible adults, so much that they’re in charge when my parents go out of town. But this is about Anu. Anu was Valedictorian, but I’m more happy that she’s an interesting person. Her speech was lucid and actually taught me anything about the Overseas School. It also made me tingly. It’s weird seeing my little sister and all grown up and respectable-like. It was a really nice ceremony. Everybody knows each other and it was sweet seeing the parents with their kids.
Unfortunately their kids are all dumber than my sister. They’re all really bright kids.
After the ceremony, which included Ms. Swinly Perera on piano, everyone went out to the lobby. Anu has a painting displayed there. The Principal type said this would starting a tradition of displaying one piece of art from each class. The catered food was really good and I ate like 7 sandwiches. Chuti and Punchi and Achchi and Seeya and everybody came, which was nice. Also Anju Akki and Arjun Ayya. Amma said she felt relieved to get one more out the door in one piece, though there has been one return-to-sender so far. Had too much champagne and fell asleep on the couch when we went home to change.
Afterwards we went to dinner at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, which was nice. Achchi told me stories about Thatha when he was a ‘red-hot leftist’. He says he’s still a radical, it’s just that the left has gotten conservative. Amma and Tha had to leave to go to San Diego but I think it’s important to thank them (a lot). They’ve produced a bunch or creative and well-adjusted human beings, which is no small feat. I also feel this weird Clockwork-Orange like physical aversion to most immoral behavior, which I think is them again. Amma likes to say that she’s conditioned us and that the stuff that isn’t working now (recycling for me) is just on timed release. The girls are already responsible though. Keep studying Anu, I’ll need a place to stay once the parents kick me out.
Out of us three, Anu is the most creative. She’s been drawing since she was a kid. When we were in Columbus one of her paintings got picked for the Phone Book, so I lots of people in the CO saw it. She also made a giant paper-mache elephant and a giant paper mache-hand, now in the living room. I am occasionally tempted to sit in it, but I know that won’t work. More than anything I like hanging out with her and Subu, which is, in my opinion, a better test of character than any resume lines. So, I’m proud of my sister. Congrats.
Anu, seen from behind Achchi and Seeya
Anu and Subu
Closest we’ve got to a non-ridiculous family photo in years
parents looking out the picture window, Overseas School Colombo