Saturday, May 30, 2009

Column Today and the Home of the Monkey Nut

2nd Cup of Coffee Columns

This is a re-vamp of the letter I wrote to Katie upon graduation; many of you have already seen it, but if you haven't, I invite you to by clicking on the button.

I have two graduation open houses to attend this weekend and several more to come. In Indiana, these open houses are a very big deal. I'm told that this is a regional thing unique to Hoosiers.

Indiana:

State bird: Cardinal (nice)
State flower: Peony (very nice)
High school graduation open houses (temporary shrines built to honor the graduates)
Home of the "Monkey Nut"

10 comments:

sara said...

it is regional!!! When we moved to AR from IN, I was surprised not to get any invites to grad parties. when I asked about it, I just got a blank stare....they don't do that here! too bad for these kids....b/c you can make out quite well with the $!!

Mocha with Linda said...

Thought I was going to have to send out a search and rescue team for you!

No wonder My ADHD Me like you. (Monkeys are funny.)

So at these open houses do the graduates have their gifts all displayed? Of course, so many get gift cards now, it's not quite the same as when I was graduating.

Enjoy your day!

Chatty Kelly said...

I thought you were going to blog about my sister. LOL! And that would have been WAY funnier, if Linda hadn't already said something just like it. :-)

Jenny said...

Some graduates have open house parties here. I actually have one today I am supposed to attend if I can get my son to leave the house.

Lisa Laree said...

They don't do it in Alabama, either.

I don't understand it...at home, everyone has them, you just load up and make the circuit.

Blank stares. Yup. And when I tried to have one for one of my kids...well, let's just say we had a lot of fancy cake to consume at our house for the next week....

Dena said...

I'd suffice it to say, it's a Midwest thing. We have one more yet tomorrow, which brings our grand total this year to 22 we were invited to (not including 1 college graduation). But it's fun...and the food is always wonderful!

PJ said...

Monkey Nut??? What is a Monkey Nut??? And I guess we don't quite do the Indiana thing here...we do have QuinceƱeras though!!!

Beverlydru said...

I am glad to know of some Hoosier peculiarities. We have possum festivals and boll weevil monuments in the south and that is just wierd. I can do open houses but never mind holding a possum by his tail.

Jill said...

Maybe it's a midwest thing. It's big here in Cornhusker country too. In fact we've been to three in the past week.
My hubs from TX says it's crazy. Growing up here I can't imagine not having one.

40winkzzz said...

it does seem to be a midwest thing, not just a hoosier thing. grad open houses are a given up here, and they are a big deal... which explains why i am commenting on this post one week after you wrote it (and why i still have 295 unread posts in my reader, dating back to mid-may). at this time last week i was busy scrubbing the garage and setting up tables...

what i hate is the whole concept of open houses as "fundraisers" and the way some people measure the "success" of their open houses by how much money they took in. i just want people to COME and have FUN and not feel like they should either bring a gift or stay home. (i basically said this on the invite and was gratified to discover that some people had indeed come empty-handed. those are the people who would have otherwise stayed home, and i am glad they came!)

anyway, our big bash is over and i am slowly easing my way back into blogging...