I was lucky enough to have known many of the graduating seniors for their entire high school career. Like every single year, a part of you cheers when they graduate, and a part of you is brokenhearted that they are leaving. This year was a bit different as I am leaving the school with them.
I wish I could express in the written word just how powerful the emotions can run when you are leaving a place that truly feels like home.
I always thought that I liked these kids until they decided that they wanted to have me speak at graduation. I have dodged speaking at graduation for many years now, and they were not going to take no for an answer. In the past i have used such tactics as blackmail, extortion, and bribery to make sure that I was taken off of any potential speaking list. Last year I was able to convince a few kids to change their votes. I lost by two votes. It was great.
There was no getting out of it this year.
Without further adieu, here is my speech. Yup, my wife video-taped it. Thanks... not...
Well, I tried. What more can I say? With graduating seniors like this, you would be hard-pressed to say no.