So she became an official senior and started to apply to college. 5 college acceptances later, she chose University of Massachusetts and started making plans for her future beyond high school.
Here in Switzerland, "pomp and circumstance" is not really a thing. There are no cap and gowns or big parties. No graudation ceremonies. Since compulsory school ends at age 16, and kids decide at that time to go to jobs or technical school or continue school in their gymnasiums (high level high schools) and head off to college. What is celebrated is their accomplishment and what is coming next. They are becoming adults in the eyes of Switzerland and that is a good enough reward.
Because we are Americans, I did get Arlington a cap and gown in her school colors to celebrate her graduation. We had to wing it for the rest since I don't have access to Amazon right now to get any kind of party supplies. At least we have cake.
This summer when we return to the United States we will celebrate with family. We will pull out all the stops to remind her how proud of her we are. Although - we can take a page out of the Swiss handbook, and just wish her well on her future journey. Because what is behind her is no where near as exciting as what is in front of her.
Look out world - here she comes.