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They left in an Oldsmobile and arrived in a Charger

So, yesterday I mentioned how the whole North American “grad” concept is new to me, and that I don’t understand it entirely. Back where I come from we have what we call a Matric Dance two-thirds of the way through our Grade 12 year. It is similar to a “Prom” or “Graduates’ Ball” (as they call it here) but there are some differences.

Back in my day the Grade Elevens got to do all the décor, and serve at the dance itself, which included a lavish sit-down dinner. The 11th graders would go all out to make it the most special evening imaginable – mostly because they expected the same to be done for them the following year. I believe the parents do all the décor here.

Back home, the matriculants (or their parents, in this case) would hire limousines, or fancy cars to bring them to the dance. It’s a big thing.

As was this grad that I attended here in Quesnel, BC (a big thing). The graduation ceremony, as I mentioned yesterday, was held on the Friday night. Then, the Saturday ran something like this:

From 3 – 5pm grad photos were taken in LeBourdais Park, next to the Twin Arenas (where the rest of the festivities were to take place). This is where the grads arrived in their fancy cars. And where photos were taken with the cars. Actually, I should say vehicles – because I saw some kids arrive in the most monstrous trucks (that’s “bakkies” to South Africans) that I’ve ever seen. From here everyone descended on town (again in their fancy cars) to get something to eat and to parade their cool rides. Afterwards we attended the “Graduates’ Procession” from around 7 – 9pm, where the grads showed off their outfits and dates, and only then did they go through to their Ball. But more on that in a few days.

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I was photographing Jesse and Elissa, both of whom are in the church I attend (to cut a long story short). Brian, Jesse’s dad had arranged to get a 1950s Oldsmobile for the day, and he was to chauffeur them down. Unfortunately, just as they arrived at the park, the car broke down, preventing him from driving it in … But, off rushed the two graduates’ fathers, Brian and Colin, to get another vehicle from the friend who had lent them the Oldsmobile – returning an hour or so later with the Dodge Charger RT. So, in effect, the grads left home in one car and officially arrived in another.

But I think the story is best expounded with photos.

The Oldsmobile coming down the road towards Elissa's house.
The Oldsmobile coming down the road towards Elissa’s house.
Brian: Chauffeur
Brian: Chauffeur
Jesse, all charm, fetching fellow-grad Elissa ...
Jesse, all charm, fetching fellow-grad Elissa …
A corsage with a difference (as family members look on).
A corsage with a difference (as family members look on). “Ohhhhhh, it’s so cool!”
The grad partners ... All focus on Elissa, of course!
The grad partners … All the focus on Elissa, of course!
And they're off. How cool are those flames?
And they’re off. How cool are those flames?
A little portion of the park minus their Oldsmobile, unfortunately.
A little portion of the park minus our grads’ Oldsmobile, unfortunately.
While waiting for the Charger to arrive we sought out other cars to take photos next to. Like this one, with Elissa's sister, and Jesse's sisters.
While waiting for the Charger to arrive we sought out other cars with which to model. Like this photo, with the old Ford, with Elissa’s (younger) sister, and Jesse’s sisters.
And this cool blue one!
… and with this cool blue one!
And this more modern black one ... (I have no idea what it was.)
… and this more modern black one … (I have no idea what it was.)
It got pretty stormy for a bit... That was the end of Jesse's umbrella! (I love this photo!)
It got pretty stormy for a bit… That was the end of Jesse’s umbrella! (I love this photo!)
And there were photos with Alishia, the dress designer and maker ...
Then there were photos with Alishia, the dress designer and maker …
... with other family members and friends ...
… and with other family members and friends …
... Until finally, the charger arrived and they could make their belated grand entrance ...
… Until finally, the charger arrived and they could make their belated grand entrance …
... And they could pose with "their" car ...
… And pose with “their” car …
... again ...
… again …
... and again ...
… and again …
... and again ...
… and again …
... and yet again (with fellow grads this time).
… and yet again (with fellow grads this time).
I even got to be creative ...
I even got to be creative …
All those photos sure built up a hunger and thirst ... (at Subway downtown.)
All those photos sure built up a hunger and thirst, which took us to Subway downtown.

And after that it was back to the Twin Arenas for the Graduates’ Procession. More on that in a day or two!

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5 thoughts on “They left in an Oldsmobile and arrived in a Charger

  1. really cool robin, just love how when i look at the pictures their smiles make me do the same. awesome emotion and great angles, truly gifted. this adventure/journey of yours is really dishing up some great “picture reels”. thanks for sharing and keep enjoying.

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