on Graduation 2009
Submitted by AnnMarie Swindell
“I watch intently as the chairs fill one by one. My
adventure just beginning while others leaving for their own distant
journeys. I know many of the faces and have shared moments
that will live forever.
Words of encouragement and hope will echo from the speakers. The
future ahead compared to a unpainted canvas, a blank page waiting
on words to be written, a story unfolding, untold. “The
future is not known but the past is our history.”, will be
the speakers first line.” Caitlin-Marie said.
“The future is not known but the past is our history. In
a world unsure it will be easy to get lost. It will be easy
to give in and travel the crowded road rather than the road less
traveled. No matter how lost we may find ourselves we will
always be found here among the faces and hearts around us today.
We will need to remember who we are. Take a look at the faces
around you. Thank each other for the critical role they have
played in our life. Our morals, values and convictions were
built with the help of one another. Right or wrong, good or
bad, many of life’s lessons learned were learned from one
From this moment on our lives are forever entwined and entangled. Each
of us are linked together by a invisible chain of Friendship, Respect
and Honor. Friendship of the ones that we are close to, Respect
of all that we knew and Honor to have know them all.
In the coming years moments from the past four years will be thought
often. We may find comfort from memories we have made. We
may laugh at the style and trends of the days spent together. Each
of us will hear a song and smile. That song will be imprinted
on the timeline of our life. We will find it along with faces
and names of friends that “laughed until they cried.”.
Dare not ask what our dreams of the future are. I only can
imagine that we find our dreams come true wherever we are. Some
of us may see Paris at sunset and inspire us to paint like Leonardo
da Vinci or sing like Luciano Pavarotti. Some of us may find
the Seven Wonders of the World and question them. Will we
stand in the middle of Stonehenge and wonder how or stand with
our head tilted to look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
Some of us may never see past the city limit sign. Your dreams
are where you are. The wonders of your world not known until
they are found. Some may find it in the vows of honor and
love in the eyes of God. Some may realize that God has not
given up on them in the touch of your new born child.
What ever our dreams may be, they are ours and ours alone.
Our success will be measured in the love of our families and friends
and not of money or material things. We will know the value
of our self. We will know the true value of a person based
on who they are and not what they have.
This day has been awaiting us. We are proud of how far we
have came and who we are. To the ones we are leaving behind
remember--- Knowledge and time are a lot alike – they are
constantly evolving. Allow your hearts and minds to evolve
with the seconds of the hands of time.
In closing, We do not know where each sunrise will lead us but
we will be blessed where each sunset finds us.” Haleigh
“I will listen closely to each name called. I will
watch proudly each final walk. You are each walking into life. I
want run after you screaming, “Wait! How do I make it
to where you are today?”
My adventure has just started. Three years more. What
will I do? How do I become the inspiration that you have been
to me? How do I follow in your footsteps?
I have to ask. Will you recall Mr. Pates southern voice over
the intercom? Or his proud Go Bulldogs speeches at Pep Rallies? Will
you remember Mrs. James asking “Where are you suppose to
be”? Or maybe the door to her office always is being open
Will you remember football games, basketball games or girls softball? Will
you recall the band kid that seemed odd marching? These are
the things that we will remember from this past year, just in case
Please know that you are leaving people here that love you, respect
you and will miss you. In the fall we will wonder who will
be there in the halls, the lunchroom or around any corner? You
may not remember us but we will remember you. It was you that
taught us the truest meaning of the Blue and the Gold.
I pray that I find myself and my friends where you are today three
years from now. I pray that me and my friends are prepared
to run into life with out looking back. I pray that we find
you somewhere out there when my life’s journey begins. Look
for me, I will still be the short one. LOL
I don’t want any of you to leave but I know that you will. Without
each of you we will be lost. I will only find you in all the
pictures that I have on myspace, Facebook and on my walls. The
pictures reflect the beginning of my adventure. The faces smiling,
the funny moments captured and people that I will NEVER forget.
With more than a few tears I will say I will miss you. Each
of you have made a difference to someone here. With every memory
it is true that we all
“LAUGHED UNTIL WE CRIED”. Caitlin-Marie said.
The last words “Laughed until we cried” would be read
by both people.
Laugh until we cried is the 2009 class song