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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Time to move on




I have been very lucky in my lifetime. I've met more wonderful people than those that fall into the not so wonderful category. Many of them are still a part of my life and some have moved on to touch the lives of others.

Now, it's time for my high school volunteers to graduate and move on. I have had many volunteers before them and I'm sure that I'll have many more after them, but I will never again have any like them.

These are four beautiful, intelligent, compassionate girls who have the power within them to change the world. I know because they've already changed mine.

It is with mixed emotions that I send them on to the next stage of their lives. I am envious of the adventures they have waiting for them and yet relieved that I have already been there and don't have to go there again. Some of their adventures will not even seem like adventures until they are long over and nothing more than a memory. As they remember those ordinary adventures I am sure they will remember that someone, who they thought of as really uncool, was there saying, "Someday you'll appreciate this." I hope they let that person know just how right they were.

Other adventures will show themselves right away and may leave these girls happy and excited or tired and bruised. When they feel like they are on top of the world, I hope they will stop and take a deep breath while trying to memorize that feeling. They will be able to draw strength from it when the more challenging adventures present themselves. While facing the harder adventures, I hope the girls remember that brusies fade and wounds heal and tomorrow is another day.

I am worried about the life lessons they will have to learn and yet glad that they will be learning them. There will be many lessons that they won't want to learn, but learn them they must. Those lessons will help to shape the adults that they will become. I hope that they understand that life will not always teach us the lessons we want to learn, but that it usually teaches us the lessons we need to learn.

I am thrilled to see them so excited about the move from high school into adulthood and yet sad because they really have no idea just how much they are leaving behind. I hope they remember that you can leave home, but home never leaves you. No matter where they end up or how they arrived, any road leading away from home can always bring them back again.

If you ask the girls today what they plan on doing with their lives you will learn that one plans to be a teacher, one plans to be a nurse, one plans to become a police officer and that one plans to study criminal justice. These are wonderful plans to have and I hope that they achieve these goals. But, if their lives take a different path, I hope they find something else that excites them as much as these goals do today.

These girls will see many dreams come true while others fade and are forgotten. I hope that they will have the wisdom to know which dreams to persue with all their hearts and pray that they will have the courage to replace the others with newer, bigger and better dreams.

These girls will make many choices in their lives. Some will be easy and some won't. I hope that they don't rush into these choices too quickly or hesitate too long. The choices they make will bring them the joy of success and/or the sadness of failure. I hope they realize that success is about way more than money and things and that an unexpected outcome isn't always a failure. I also hope that they will face both the good and bad with grace and dignity.

In just a little over nine hours these girls will walk into my classroom for the very last time. We will give them cookies and presents. My students will give them hugs and I will tease them because that is what I do. But, what I want them to know...what I should tell them, but probably won't (because that is also how I am) is that...

You have made my classroom and my world a better place.
I will miss you and I believe in you.
I will be here if you need me.
Make me proud.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 9 post on May. 27, 2010. Thanks again.

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  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [27 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  3. Hi Ginger,

    Just read your thoughts about the girls who are moving on and I really wish you had printed it off and given them a copy each - I'm sure they would all have treasured knowing how you feel about them all. I know it meant a lot to me when I discovered after receiving a letter, as an adult, what one of my favourite teachers thought of me and the hopes she had. Not sure I ever reached her expectations but 30+ years later we are still very good friends, although sadly she is in failing health now.
    I shall miss her when she's gone but will always treasure the friendship we shared, which wouldn't have been possible if she hadn't written to me all those years ago.

    Luv'n'Stuff
    Max
    xx

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  4. from one teacher to another- I know the mixed emotions, and the word art is wonderful. Thank you

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  5. Ginger, my thoughts were exactly the same as Max's. I hope you printed it and gave them a copy. In fact if you don't mind, I'm going to copy it into a word document to pass along to both my niece and my granddaughter. What a splendid message. Thank you not only for the WA but for such profound thoughts.

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  6. I KNOW I'M LATE ON MAKING MY COMMENT BUT THIS BROUGHT TEARS TOO MY EYES I LOVE U MS.BROWN N THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.......I LOVE YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.......AND I'M STILL CRYING...BECAUSE WHAT I'M GOING THROUGH RITE NOW......I NEEDED 2 HEAR SOMETHING LIKE THIS...IT MADE ME OPEN MY EYES AND SEE THAT THERE IS SOMEONE OUT IN THIS AMAZING WORLD WHO CARES FOR ME AND WANTS ME TO ACHIEVE MY GOALS......AND THAT PERSON IS U....THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT.....
    LOVE ALWAYS HYACINTH

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