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Celebrating an end, and a beginning

By Irene Wilson | Published Saturday, June 1, 2013

The sing-song of metal chain against iron frame comes across the parking lot. It means the kids are swinging high. Squeals waft on the breeze, telling of an intense game of boy-and-girl chase. At the high school campus, cars and sidewalks are decorated in chalk proclaiming … “Seniors Rule” and “Class of 2013.” Another school year has come and gone. Where did the time go?

Tuesday evening, kindergarten graduation was celebrated. Blue caps and gowns, brightly scrubbed faces … kids full of potential and promise. The teacher lines them up reminding, “No gum, be quiet in the hall and for goodness’ sake, stay in a straight line.” They put on quite a show. Saying pledges, counting by fives and 10s, singing memorized songs. Some danced a little even though it wasn’t listed on the program. A little impromptu never hurt anything, right?

Moms with tears in their eyes and dads standing tall, proud as they witness this ending. Or is it a beginning?

Friday evening, senior graduation is celebrated. Blue caps and gowns, beautiful young ladies and handsome young men … “kids” full of potential and promise. A teacher lines them up reminding, “No gum, be quiet in the hall and for goodness’ sake stay in alphabetical order.” They put on quite a show. Welcoming the audience, they deliver memorized speeches and a slide presentation, showing antics of days gone by. Scholarships are awarded and hats thrown on the count of three (oops, that’s not on the program either).

Moms with tears in their eyes and dads standing tall, proud as they witness this ending. Or is it a beginning?

Life’s ebb and flow, waves of beginnings crash on the shores of endings, making it hard to discern one from the other. We celebrate both!

Well done, Slidell faculty and staff.

Irene Wilson
Slidell

One Response to “Celebrating an end, and a beginning”

  1. Jim Popp says:

    That was quite an interesting view of both graduations, and what both graduations mean. I was really taken with you expressing it the way you did and I very much appreciated your thoughts. I got a chuckle out of the fact that at both graduations, you noted that the Moms were crying and the Dads were standing tall. As you said so well,a journey beginning and a journey ending in our public school system. May The Lord Bless them all as they continue on in their individual journeys, where ever they may go.

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