I’ve decided to bring back the custom of lauding people publicly by shouting “hip hip hooray!” I did it earlier today at a party for my daughter’s class. The parents put together a collection for the first-year teacher because he learned that he wouldn’t be coming back in the fall. After he accepted the gift and said a few words, I saw my opportunity.

“Three cheers for Mr. Dietrich,” I shouted. “Hip Hip!”

“Hooray,” the crowd of parents and students shouted.

“Hip Hip!”

“Hooray!”

“Hip Hip!”

“Hooray!”

We then all applauded for Mr. Dietrich. I got some strange looks, but I’m sure Mr. Dietrich appreciated it.