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Judith Martin (a.k.a. Miss Manners of the Washington Post) tackled a parent's question regarding their daughter and her decision to not make an appearance at her own graduation party. The parent wrote to Miss Manners and explained that along with her daughter's father, they had planned a high school graduation party for 30 friends and family members.

Graduation party = boring family time, but money.
Graduation party = boring family time, but money.

As the letter writer explained, parties aren't really this kid's thing: