Observing Sweden – Graduates

ImageIt’s high school graduation time in Borlänge. Seems to be a bigger deal here than the States, or maybe I’m just out of touch. My own was a simple ceremony in the gymnasium, parents in attendance . . . a boring speech by the principal as we stood impatiently in gowns and mortar boards on our heads. But that was many years ago.

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It seems a wildly enthusiastic occasion in Sweden. Parents and relatives do not go inside to witness whatever happens there. They wait on the campus lawn, many holding posters with photos showing those graduates as babies or early childhood.

When the ceremony’s over graduates come running out in yachting hats and are adorned with all kinds of silly gifts stuffed animals and such. They wear the hats for a week after and ride in groups aboard flat bed trucks, shouting and having a great time of it. Others cruise through town in cars honking and yelling. One carload passed me downtown yesterday, behatted kids leaning out the window shouting, “Freedom!”

Ah, but could we elders gain that blessed naivety again.

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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8 Responses to Observing Sweden – Graduates

  1. Oh to be young again, eh, Bruce !!!!

  2. mariadesuede says:

    It’s an old tradition in Sweden to celebrate this; but as you as you can constate is that the Swedes want to celebrate summer after a long winter, take every moment to celebrate this is just “necessary”… Summer is short… But I was brought up with this…

    Ha en bra dag! (Have a good day)

  3. I enjoy your cultural comments on your new homeland. Interesting.

  4. Terry Corbett says:

    I read nothing but riots and problems in Stockholm. Life in the big city? How is the job market.

    Jew Boy

    Just out of curiosity? Are you getting any of the comments I post on your word press blog? I figure you are moderating any of your past lives out of the new Sweed!

    • bldodson says:

      Terry,
      Don’t know about life in the big city.
      Don’t know about job market either. I am retired and re-wired.
      Yes, am getting your comments – I think. Tell me if you see this one.

  5. catnipoflife says:

    Ah-h-h-h, yes, to be young again BUT with the wisdom I have now! 🙂

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