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Graduates -- then and now

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 2:52 PM

I have worked for the Town Crier newspaper for two-thirds of my life. I think working in news makes a person want to know every detail. We want to go beyond just who, what, when and where. Like a two-year-old, we want to know why.

If I didn't work for a newspaper, people could just consider me nosy, but I feel a little better about being inquisitive since I have an excuse. So if I ask you what your grandmother's name is, just forgive me for asking questions. It is part of my everyday routine.

We have had a lot of local and national news over the last few weeks with the flooding, the royal wedding, the end of the search for Bin Laden and much more.

I hear good and bad remarks about most everything. The one good thing about living in America is the fact we have the freedom to express our opinions -- right or wrong.

Working for the newspaper all of these years, I have been in and out of our local schools and have taken pictures of three generations. I have followed students from their first days of kindergarten to their last days of high school.

Again, I want to say congratulations to all of the seniors of 2011 that have made it through the longest 13 years of their lives. They may not believe it now, but adulthood goes by much faster than childhood.

Seniors will soon start making their own decisions. Mothers will not be there to remind them to do their homework, get up and go to school, or eat their vegetables. It will be a new world for them.

Moving past graduation is like finishing a race only to start another one before catching your breath.

In my day we thought once we graduated and/or turned 18 we were automatically grown and knew everything. The older I get, the more I realize there are still a lot of things left to learn. I don't think we will ever stop learning.

Young graduates will be going to college, military or the workforce. I hope life is good for them and they can reach their individual goals.

Hopefully, someday they will look back on their high school days with good memories.

It would be impossible to make them see just how fast life passes. Like generations before them, we just had to find out for ourselves. There is no explaining life's experience. We just have to live it.

Nothing expands knowledge like experience.

I was reading the 2011 class mottos for the area high schools. They were all good, but Buffalo Island Central's made me look back on my own memories.

"Together we have experienced life. Separately we will pursue our dreams, and forever our memories will remain."

Riverside graduation will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13.

Buffalo Island Central graduation will be held Thursday, May 19, at 8 p.m.

Manila graduation will be held Friday, May 20,7 p.m.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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