We love Ellen, but picture this, wake up to attend a one hour pre-graduation church service followed by a two hour graduation. Most people would be tempted to run the other way if they didn’t have to attend. Now imagine the whole thing in a language you don’t understand. I’m sure it was a great set of speeches, although I hear from Ellen that a few of the speakers went on unnecessarily long. I kept asking Layla if she needed to go outside to run around, but she wouldn’t save me and sat quietly for two hours.
The high point of the day was meeting many of Ellen’s family and friends that night at Ralf and Britta’s home for a very nice BBQ that went late into the night. We especially had a great time talking with Michael and Petra, the parents of Laura, Ellen’s closest friend.