To all the parents of graduating students:
I would like to say, “Thank You” for the hard work which you put into getting your son or daughter ready for this next step in their future.
You changed the diapers, cradled them when they were sick, cried with them when they were hurt and loved them when they felt alone. You went to the practices, cheered at the games and consoled them during the let-downs which to them, was the end of the world.
You helped with the homework and steered them straight when they wanted to stray. The rules were the law but their smiles and hugs made you bend them just a little. Their boyfriends, girlfriends made you pull your hair out but their caring and sometimes love for each other, reminded you of your beautiful youth. Cars, insurance, curfews, and grades tied everything together with jobs, help around the house and positive strokes for behavior.
17 and 18 comes so soon. You have created a mirror image of yourself and helped your children completely change it for the better. They are them, now, because of you. You have done your best and that is all you can do. Their God will guide them on a path that may not change the world but it will surely make it a little better.
Be proud Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa or Guardian. Today we saw the future march up for a Diploma and walk out the door to make history.
Thank you all for being partners in shaping the futures of our kids and community.
I love ya'll!