The relaxing days of summer have begun in the Washington, D.C. area, which is abuzz with many activities. There will be a grand celebration this long weekend for the July 4th Independence Day. Americans will be watching parades, going to BBQs (usually called cookouts here), enjoying fireworks and having parties with the red, white and blue themes.
I have watched the main parade in the Capital several times and it is a stupendous experience. However, I will not braving the crowds this time around. Sometimes I sniff out smaller town parades where I can find a comfortable place to perch and enjoy the parade. One of my favorite parades is in the Palisades neighborhood in the D.C. area. This year, I am planning to head out to Frederick, a charming and historic town in Maryland where I will watch a bathtub race among other celebrations, it will be first for me!
Americans love parties and we just went through a season of graduation with some grand celebration parties. Colleges scramble for famous persons to make commencement speeches at graduation. In this area, Vice-President Joe Biden has been in the news and made a notable commencement speech at Yale University. His speech was touching and personal, and the public later found that he was weathering yet another family tragedy as his son Beau was seriously ill then and passed away from brain cancer shortly after his speech. It was fitting that he spoke much about Beau and also about compassion:
"It’s not that all that difficult, folks, to be compassionate when you’ve been the beneficiary of compassion in your lowest moments not only from your family, but from your friends and total strangers. Because when you know how much it meant to you, you know how much it mattered. It’s not hard to be compassionate.
I was raised by a tough, compassionate Irish lady named Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden. And she taught all of her children that, but for the grace of God, there go you — but for the grace of God, there go you."
Graduation from high school and from college is a huge milestone, and parents go through a massive effort to plan parties or even sponsor graduation trips as rewards. These include cruises and beach trips. For many new college graduates, after the euphoria of graduation, they now face the arduous task of job applications. Job prospects has been tough for Millennials as some studies show that more than half of college grads are unemployed or underemployed six months after graduation. However the class of 2015 is more fortunate than many other graduating classes as employers are apparently hiring more than they did last year.
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