“Now, Voyager, sail forth to seek and find.” ~ Walt Whitman
Well, you did it Bud. Today marks the day that you completed and survived 13 years of public education, K-12. Seems like a long time, but for me it’s gone by almost in a blur.
You were so ready to go to school when you entered Mrs. Herbert’s kindergarten class. You didn’t go to pre-school like lots of the other kids, so you were eager to make lots of friends and learn and play. You couldn’t have had a better teacher either. She was a bit older (and wiser) than some of the newer, younger teachers and she knew just how to handle boys (on her own time she was Roxie who drove a Harley, but you only just found that out, LOL!). She was gentle in her firmness and I think you and your friend Clive were her faves.
Life got a bit dicey after that when your dad and I divorced. But throughout school, we made sure that you had the stability of staying in the same district and being close to your friends.
FRIENDS. That’s been the theme for you all along. All the special memory books that the teachers made each year had that common thread running through them. Your classmates and peers, without fail, describe you as a good friend. You’ve gathered a great circle of them too. As you move into the next stage of your journey, you’ll gather new ones and the circle will grow. You are loyal, just and funny; a young man of strong character, who avoided the pitfalls of drugs and smoking and bad behavior (strange that that’s what makes some kids popular, huh?).
Just as you were so eager to get to kindergarten, I can feel your excitement about finally finishing high school and moving on to a wider, more open world. A world of choices that you get to make.
I’m more than proud of you, Son. I admire you and know that you are ready to fly! All of my love…
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau