Spring break is over and another school year is about to end. Each year at this time I like to congratulate all of the seniors who will be graduating from high school. They only have seven or eight short weeks left and their high school days will be history. They will be so busy, the next few weeks will pass faster than any other of their school years.
Through my 35 plus years at the Town Crier, I have seen a lot of students grow up. I am there taking pictures the day they start to school and there through their senior years.
I would venture to guess some will say they thought graduation would never get here and others will say it arrived too quickly, but I am here to say congratulations to each and every one of you for making it to the finish line.
It is always easier to quit than to finish in anything we do in life. All of the seniors started to kindergarten at four or five years old and stayed with it for 13 years -- and now they are all winners.
Pat yourselves on the back and go on to the next phase of your lives.
Many young men and women will be going to college, others will be going into the workforce, some will enter the military and some will choose to go to trade schools.
As my generation looks at the graduates, we are seeing our future doctors, lawyers, manufacturers, soldiers, nurses, hairdressers, mothers, fathers, community leaders, coaches, teachers, writers and caregivers.
They have to be smarter than we were when we graduated, because there is more out there for them to learn. The one thing I hope they have learned is to prepare for what they want to do and work toward it.
It is not necessarily a bad thing, but young people today have so much given to them I am afraid they may not be ready for the real world when they have to work for things.
Throughout the years, the majority of each generation of parents worked hard to give their children more than they had growing up. I am afraid we have gotten to the point we may have to stop giving them so much so they can learn what it is to work for something, wait on luxury items and start out with smaller and work their way up.
We have been blessed in America and up until a few years ago, each generation has seen better economic times year after year.
There is nothing wrong with giving our children what we can, but I think it is important for them to know someone had to work for it and they should appreciate it and not take anything for granted. Who knows what we will be able to do tomorrow?
I am sure our parents wondered if we were ready to be the grownups just as their parents probably did a generation before, but I think the future will be okay.
From what I see of our young people, they are ready and willing to take on the challenges of the world. Probably more so than my generation.