About 4 years ago, the Spousal Unit and I were attending the commencement ceremony for our youngest daughter. All through elementary and middle school with our three kids, we had been celebrating their various achievements some of which were actually excellent. As the teachers congratulated themselves and the Superintendent spoke and recognized some of the children, we started noticing a pattern. A lot of the teachers were saying of their standout students, that they were a joy to be with and that they listened, which of course reminded us that what they wern't saying was that the rest of the kids were a pain and didn't listen. Some distinction.
Of course our brilliant daughter who had been student body president at her elementary school was all that and a trip to Hawaii, but we were fatigued of standing up and taking pictures and clapping. So we said 'yay'. No exclaimation points, no giddy trembling with excitement. Thus a tradition was born, that of the Humble Yay.
As I look around the world today... Meh. You know what I'm going to say. Too much clapping, too little effort. If you have high standards, keep them high.