The 2011-2012 school year is winding down and seniors everywhere are looking forward to graduation. It is a busy time before the big day and there will be banquets, concerts, graduation practice, senior day, awards day, prom and many other activities.
I want to say congratulations to our area seniors who are about to graduate and go on to the next phase of their lives.
More than likely they have been so busy this year it has passed much faster than the other 12 years since their kindergarten days. The senior year is filled with "lasts." Members of the senior class will play their last ballgame, they will give their last book report, they will attend their last assembly as a student and they will participate in their last high school band or choir concert. All of the activities they have taken for granted throughout the years become a little more special as the final activity comes around.
It is an exciting time but I hope they show a little kindness to their parents. It is a difficult time for Moms and Dads because, for the first time in 18 years, we have to realize our babies really have grown up.
Again, I want to congratulate all of the seniors for meeting one of their first major goals in life -- graduation. When a child starts pre-k they probably don't realize they have set a goal to finish high school. Time seems so far down the road from kindergarten graduation to high school graduation, most children never give it a thought. Some day when they look back, it will be the opposite and they will realize the grade school years, middle school years and high school years passed very fast.
Quitting takes no effort. Finishing takes a lot of effort and all of the seniors across Buffalo Island should be proud of themselves. As much as we parents would like to take credit, we can encourage, we can train, we can set an example, but when it comes down to the facts, young adults make their own decisions and we can only hope they make good ones.
The young graduates will be going on, leaving high school behind and starting new adventures. Some will go to college, some will go to vocational schools, some will go to the military, and some will go to the workforce. I hope they have all set their goals and work toward it. Hopefully, there will be something out there for everyone.
As I get older, I realize how important it is to be able to do something I enjoy. It would be very difficult to go to a job every day I didn't like.
I think it is refreshing when I hear someone express how much they enjoy their career/job.
I hope the seniors go out there and do well because some will be the future doctors and nurses caring for us or military or police departments protecting us and our property. Others will be manufacturing the products we purchase, flying the airplanes we travel on, growing the food we eat, taking care of our banking needs, or building our homes or making the needed repairs.
It won't be long, and I think we can safely retire and turn it over to the next generation.