Graduation season is upon us, and the season of commmencment speeches. My daughter, graduating from 5th grade, is even giving one, a few days away.
'Tis the season of reflection, the state of transition and change.
And perhaps even a hanky or 2!
As a teacher, this time of year is always a time of assessment--for students and teacher alike. Report card season begs the question of where we are, and what we still need to work on. From the teacher-side, again, it's a question of where we are, what worked, what didn't--both personally and professionally. These are the times that always get you thinking!
It doesn't take much to get me in a wistful and thoughtful mood, especially here at the end of the year. Especially when you have a graduation speech or 5 on your brain like I do.
- I have an elementary-aged girl, who is going to middle school in the fall, complete with the presentation of a speech she wrote. Times 10. I taught 10 of the 13 students in her class, including my girl herself. That alone serves as a double-hanky event!
- This year is the last time my 2 kids will be in the same school at the same time. Ever. It's all my li'l buddy knows, is to be there with his sister. In a way, me too, since we started the school the same year, my graduate and I.
- This week on "My Radio Show" (as I like to dub my morning musical brain space), Bert and His Crew of 2 more each wrote commencement speeches to "the powers that be." They were powerful indeed. (and though I'm finding Bert interesting--especially since I listened to him years ago on MIX 107.3, I'm so missing my Jack Diamond morning show terribly! But I digress):
- Lastly, I'm just coming off of a reread of Randy Pauch's "The Last Lecture" book. As a man who was dying of Pancreatic Cancer back in 2008, he has a poigniant perspective.as he says goodbye to his trio of "under 7" set. I have decided that "The Last Lecture" should be seen/heard/read--as a COMMAND PERFORMANCE--annually, by everyone! Period. Exclamation Point. No questions. There are so many pearls of wisdom in there, and it helps to see things straight....as well it should be.
So this season, I open up a challenge to you. Write your own "last lecture," graduation speech, commencement address..whatever you want to call it. Really look at what you would write--what you feel is important on a human level! Then reread it...really READ it! But more importantly "HEAR" it! Then, live it!! Insert "Pomp and Circumstance here!"
(And yes, this is a "continuation of a theme for anyone who has been playing along, taking notice, or who is equally wrapped in this graduation season ahead!!) See: GTG's "Balancing a Life, a Blog, and a 3 Day Weekend".
Kids graduating: http://www.mycutegraphics.com/graphics/graduation/kids-tossing-graduation-caps.html
Ralph Waldo Emerson quote pic from http://myfbcovers.com/facebook-cover/quotes-sayings/dont-go-were-the-path-may-lead
Last Lecture book pic from www.amazon.com
Last Lecture video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo