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Graduations mark the time of year when young people all over the country are making the transition from one way of life to another. 

This evening I attended an 8th grade graduation for a very small class of outstanding young men and women. As they stood proud in their formal robes and hats waving tassels with the bow of their heads, I noticed that a few of them had tears in their eyes.

Were those tears happy tears? Were they tears of sadness and loss, or tears of knowing that their elementary travels are forever behind them?  Do they realize that new and more difficult roads await them in high school and in their teenage years? The friends that they forged a strong bond with today may not be traveling on the same highway with them tomorrow.  The knowledge that they tested and tried will now be the base of all the learning they will ever do. 

These rites of passage remind us all that life can never stay static for too long.  Eventually, we all move on to new adventures, new friends, and new challenges.  It would be wonderful if there were graduations for all our transitions in life.  Kind of a celebration for when you move from your safe spot to one that is demanding, like when you change jobs, or become a grandparent.  However, if we celebrated every evolution we made then we would never have time to enjoy them.  Therefore, in keeping the commencements at the pinnacles of life allows us to give reverence to all the little moments that lead to graduation day.  The hardships and difficulties that we had to overcome to achieve this glorious commemoration seem insignificant when that diploma is finally secure in our hands. 

In honor of all the graduates tonight, all over the country, I wish you good luck.  I wish you new friends, fresh knowledge, and novel experiences that you can celebrate once again at your high school graduation.  Goodbye to you all and God bless you on your journey.

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About bigsmileu1

What good is living life if you don't share all the experiences, mistakes, and knowledge you have gained? I am a grandmother, a wife, a mother of two grown children, a Jr. High Teacher for almost two decades, an elementary principal and I want to share my experiences.

8 responses »

  1. This is a nice wish and lovely prayer, Jamie!
    A goal accomplished and a future of promise are wonderful things, indeed. 🙂

  2. “These rites of passage remind us all that life can never stay static for too long. Eventually, we all move on to new adventures, new friends, and new challenges.”

    Well said. It’s actually a powerful post.

    I know when I attended graduation this year it brought back very nostalgic memories for me but in many ways I felt like that spirit of graduation was speaking to me as I’m transitioning into a new phase of my life.

    • Thank you, Nicole. Graduations always bring back nostalgic memories for me, too. I wish your transitions to go smoothly and that they prove to be the best times of your life. Thanks for your comments and support, they are so appreciated. 🙂

  3. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATES! Great reminder of life’s many occasions.


  4. There are great words of wisdom in this post! fantasically written 🙂


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