It is that time of year again in Springfield and around our country. Students are graduating from high schools, colleges, universities and even kindergartens. Graduations create changes in the lives of many young people. Part of this right of passage includes the obligatory graduation address by the most honored person the school can obtain. Once again the alma-mater in Springfield and the Christian university in Bolivar have not called. Therefore this forum is the only one to express to the graduates those pearls of wisdom that should be passed on to the next generation.
You are somebody. No matter how hard classmates, teachers, parents and just plain strangers have tried to convince you otherwise, you matter. You have something to contribute. Whether you are pursuing a higher degree or proceeding into the cold, hard world of employment and sometimes unemployment, there is a place that you can call your own. Your parents want you to find it as soon as possible and move. If not your mother, at least your dad.
You are not as great as you think you are. Even though you are a teenager graduating from high school, you are not as smart as you think you are. The best thing you can learn in college or at the University or even on your first job is that you do not know as much as you think you do. Your suggestions will not always be accepted and may often be laughed at. Time may heal all wounds, but it also wounds all heels. Watch yours and your toes, too.
Life is not fair. In Springfield the fair is in late July and early August. That’s the most fair you will find anywhere, unless you go to the State Fair in Sedalia.
There is always tomorrow and as the song says it is only a day away. Make the most of all of your tomorrows and help others make the most of theirs.
Lastly, do not forget point one. You are somebody. Life sometimes feels like it is trying to crush you. When the going gets tough, children call their parents. Sometimes a listening ear may be what you need. They may want you out of the house, but most do not want you out of their lives completely and they will be there for you. If they aren’t, try a grandparent. Mom always said, “If I had knew that grandchildren would be this much fun, I would have had them first.” Often Grandma or Grandpa care when you don’t think mom and dad do. Give them a try.
If all else fails, don’t forget your trusted Examiner. He will continue to misquote and rewrite the great cliché’s because that is his purpose in life. Subscribe and he will keep you educated, entertained and on the edge of your seat wanting more or less. Thank you for this opportunity to share in your tremendous day. Goodnight or good morning as the case may be.