In only a few days, seniors throughout the area will be receiving their diplomas and congratulations from family and friends. It is an exciting time for these young people. Most everyone will remember what a crossroads in life it was to get out of high school.
Many will be going on to further their education, others will be going into the workforce full-time, and some will be going into the military.
It is a time of mixed emotions for parents. We spend 17 or 18 years in charge and then in one evening to "Pomp and Circumstance," our world changes. Our babies are grown up.
By the time they get to be seniors, we have watched them graduate from kindergarten, sixth grade, go into high school, start driving, and for the most part, watched them grow into adulthood. We will not be involved so much in their day-to-day lives.
We can take pride in them for finishing their high school education. It has always been easier to quit than to finish. I am sure it is much harder today than when I was in school. There is a lot more to learn, and they have to learn it much faster than in the old days.
I want to say congratulations to all of our seniors and I want to wish them well in their future.
Parents of seniors also should give themselves a pat on the back. They have survived the stress of juggling jobs, activities, ballgames, parent/teacher conferences, room parents, chaperones, volunteers and much more.
Don't worry if you think they don't appreciate it, because they will eventually let you know. Once they have children of their own, they know what it takes and they come back with lots of thanks.
The days of school they are anxious to put behind them will someday be remembered fondly.
Parents will soon realize it is not the end, just another beginning. Even though seniors may think they do not need us anymore, we know better.
Another thing seniors will realize as they go on with their lives is that there will always be someone to answer to. Most of us thought when we got out of school there would be no more rules and no one to tell us what to do. We discovered there will always be rules whether it is school, work or both.
I do want to say enjoy your accomplishments, be proud of yourselves and go forward with your dreams and goals.