Graduation, Episode 1

Today there is one question I demand to have answered by someone. That is,

Where did the time go?

In a few hours, I will have walked the long green stage wearing a white flowy camping tent with an empty diploma holder tucked under one arm and by then, my question still probably won’t be answered. All I can say for sure is that High School was one of the best four seconds of my life. To any of my teen readers living in them now, I beg you not to take them for granted. Each second during high school has the potential to drastically change what happens during the millions of seconds after high school, because the teenage years are powerful ones. They are a name for a metamorphosis which takes place in innocent children and warps them into opinionated, passionate, strong-willed young people. High School is the launching pad and really, takeoff only takes what feels like four seconds. That’s shorter than a vine…

Today as I walked across campus for probably the last time, I caught myself walking at the pace I usually would sprint at to get to class, (back before second semester when still cared about being on time). I caught myself in habit and stopped for a moment. It was then when I realized I didn’t need to rush anymore, not on this campus at least. Crunch-time was over, I had already won the race. So I walked slower, more thoughtfully, down my favorite alley which lies between the tennis court fence and the swimming pool fence. I love that alley so much, because when it rained, I used to stand there and watch the water collect in puddles on the tennis courts. On the opposite side and in another time of year, the swimming pool always made me jealous with its chlorine aura challenging the oncoming summer heat of spring. These are things I’ll hope to never forget, and if my memory fails me someday it’s comforting to know I have this.

Anyway, thank you dear reader as always for doing what you do best here. May your Thursday be as great as your Sunday.

Stay tuned for pt. 2

-SJT

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3 thoughts on “Graduation, Episode 1”

  1. We are so proud of you Sydney! I wish finances and schedules had allowed us to travel there to share the event with you. I would love to read your graduation speech, can you email it to me? Your blog is awesome, I hope you will keep it up into your college years.

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  2. Sydney–
    I feel so lucky to have lived your four years of high school with you and to also have read about them in your blog. I admire how truthful and descriptive you are in your writing. This graduation week has been exhausting but exhilarating! Hearing you give your graduation speech with Samie & seeing you walk down the ramp as my grown up daughter entering the next phase filled me with pride & gratitude! Love you so much!

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  3. Hi Sydney…I always enjoy reading your blog, thinking about the insights you share and marveling at the wisdom you continue to acquire. Whether you know it or not, you are a completely amazing young woman…someone who is destined to make a difference as you move through your future. I hope you continue to enjoy and appreciate all of your moments because they are the things that shape who we are.
    God Bless…Aunt Carol

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