For Whom the Bell Tolls

Thursday, the bell tolled for Harvard graduation, and the oldest class in my daughter’s preschool did the tolling. When I arrived to pick her up, her stories of the day were filled with her understanding of the event. Interestingly, the rational for graduating was to make space for new students and that graduates were finished with school for ever. “For ever and ever.”

As we passed the Radcliff Quad, a great, white tent was visible and a shout of celebration erupted from within. My daughter asked why people were shouting, and I told her they were very happy to have worked hard and finished this part of their school.

I hope this day, and the repetitions of it in many forms, helps build her own desire to graduate college. What is sure, though, is that she will be very excited to be the one pulling the bell’s rope next year.

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2 responses to “For Whom the Bell Tolls

  1. WOW. Is it only her preschool? If so, why?

  2. No, all the churches around have been part of this tradition, though some no do not participate.

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