We returned to the high school our children attended for this year's graduation ceremony. We tell everyone that our children graduated from Central Catholic High School, but WE haven't... yet. It's nice to go back and see so many friends. There are always a few graduates that are siblings of our children's friends. It's always a big reunion. For Leroy it has the added significance of saying farewell to his football players. This particular class were freshmen Leroy's first year as the JV head coach at CCHS. He got attached to them 4 years ago, and today was a chance to see them off on to their future endeavors. There is always a flood of memories whenever we return to campus and all of them are bitter-sweet. I am very thankful for our years at CCHS. It was a wonderful experience and the friendships we gain during those 7 years will last a lifetime. While graduations celebrate accomplishment and achievement, they really should be about encouragement and looking ahead. This is certainly a time of reflection, but the future looks so bright at this point, it's difficult not to be enthusiastic and optimistic. At least for me. I kind of like listening to the speakers and always hope that the graduates are taking their words to heart. I hope each one of them sees this event as not the end, but a beginning.
My favorite quote for graduates comes from Dr. Suess' book "Oh the Places You'll Go!"
You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoesYou can steer yourselfany direction you choose.You're on your own. And you know what you know.And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.