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Time for Class

May 24, 2010  

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‘Tis the season for moving up and moving on, whether it be from high school into college or college into the real world. It’s a wonderful time, an exciting time.

A scary time.

Of course, all that fear is quietly set aside in the midst of all the celebration. There’s so much to look back on that you can afford to pick and choose what you see in front of you. To the graduates from the college where I work, what’s in front of them seems bright and cheery and full of promise.

A case in point.

The other day I overheard a graduating senior say this:

“I can’t wait to start real life!”

A part of me is glad that we weren’t in close enough proximity for her to hear me laugh at that. Would’ve been rude on m part. But a part of me is a little sad, too. If either of us were closer, maybe we would have gotten the opportunity to sit and talk for a while. I would have gotten the chance to congratulate her on her hard work and accomplishment. And then I would have said that school isn’t really over for her at all.

Oh, no. School is just beginning.

But since we both missed out on that conversation, I thought I’d write about it instead over at katdish’s website. Feel free to scoot on over there and read it. And to all you graduates out there, let me say congratulations. You’ve earned it. Now put down your pencils, clean out your lockers, and get ready. Real life is here. And there aren’t many grades anymore. Most of real life is pass or fail.  

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9 Responses to “Time for Class”

  1. Susie says:

    LOL at myself because I think I must be a new yorker at heart. You see I would have purposefully walked over to her and started the conversation.

    The same way I did with my son when he was almost 18 and wanted to go right into the army (mandatory draft here) instead of taking a year to learn about his religion and grow up a bit. His argument -he wants to get on with his life.

    We kept knocking into his head that every day and everything he learns and experiences is real life. He ended up learning like we wanted and he has not regretted it for one minute.

    But I am just the kind of person that goes up to strangers and starts conversations. Very rarely do they end badly.

  2. Susie says:

    Saw this picture on flickr and thought you might appreciate it http://www.flickr.com/photos/rimsa/4181210794/

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  4. Katdish says:

    Ah, yes…

    The school of hard knocks is a fine education. I think I’ve earned my master’s. Not that I’m complaining.

  5. Kat says:

    Billy,

    Ah how true it all is really. This is where the pressure and stresses of life will truly begin to build, where by not waking up on time may cost you your job instead of just a day of missed class, where if you don’t have enough money in your bank account, you can’t buy what you need.

    These are the best schools of life and hopefully their parents have done a fine job at preparing their foundations of faith, by successfully passing the torch.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  6. Kat says:

    Billy,

    Please help me spread the word of a sister in Christ who so desperately needs help with a limited amount of time left.

    http://godsheart-heart2heart.blogspot.com/2010/05/urgent-prayer-request.html

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. Kay says:

    I just graduated. I don’t feel ready at all. I was in my teacher’s office, in fact, crying over not being ready and not knowing what God has for me. But it’s okay. He’s shown summer plans to me – camp for one last time and a mission trip – and He’ll show me the rest in His time. It’s terrifying not knowing, but He makes it unscary. Looking back at the little I’ve come through in my life is enough to convince me that the future would probably be scarier if we did know.

  8. Emily says:

    Ah, yes…

    The school of hard knocks is a fine education. I think I’ve earned my master’s. Not that I’m complaining.

  9. Amy says:

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