""Yes, you've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped," McCullough said in his speech. “Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You've been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You've been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. ... But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you're not."
After having suffered for 2 hours of a High School graduation last week, I believe this is a stellar antidote. Couple of thoughts on the graduation I did attend:
1. When did it become practice to run metal detectors and ban pocket knives and threaten me with arrest at these things?
2. When did useless 'we are prepared for life now' drivel become the banner cliche of high school completion?
3. When did it become proper to call a class that started as 450 freshmen and completed 220 graduates a success?