Thursday, May 8, 2008

Senior Good-bye

Whew! It is so nearly here! I decided to treat my seniors today since it's officially their last day in my morning classes. What would you tell yourselves if you could send a little memo to the senior you once were? My kids are so grown up, yet such little children... They got to keep the memories sign and a gift certificate to Mickey D's.
I didn't have my fine feathers on this morning... no tablecloth or candles.... but kinda slid in home by the skin of my teeth, stopping at the store on the way to school and nabbing a sophomore or two to help me carry in my loot.
I think I'd tell myself, that where did she go?-girl from 1972's graduating class, that probably storms will come (and they have a little, or course)... The skies will puff up and look pretty threatening...
That's when to think of the happy memories.....
Remember when you were there together with your friends before the "day" started.... Snoozing around?
Sometimes I know I had my Head under my wing just oblivious to the future.... And often I revert to that pose still.... These geese were sleeping this weekend when I went to feed them a cinnamon roll, so they missed a golden opportunity.
I would tell the young me to opt for a nice pair of shades to filter out the harmful glaring truths...
Here are my top ten advice tips to the senior me:
1. Say what you mean to people. Be kind hearted always, but be truthful about how you feel. If you love them, tell them that you love them. If they've hurt your feelings, let them know it. Don't swallow it all and get bitter and petty.... (who me?)
2. Be smart with money. Credit cards are from the devil. Enough said.
3. Walk, move, and stay healthy.
4. Build a house with an attached garage and a door opener.
5. Always thank everyone for everything. Never assume anybody feels the love without your saying it.
6. Sit on decisions for a long time. Impulsive choices might seem amazing and fab, but they often are just dumb choices you have to live with or without forever. But then, don't sit and stew just too long... and oh, yeah... the thinking time is better spent privately..... keep some of your thoughts to yourself.
7. Read, watch, and speak uplifting material. Concentrate on the good and DON'T BURN BRIDGES..... I have had to crawl back over so many bridges in my life. I'm so grateful they weren't in cinders.
8. Celebrate with your friends and family... all the things that make a season, a year, a lifetime. Own your joy and your sorrow. It is what makes you real.
9. Search continually for a higher, better, happier, prettier moment.... and at the same time be content in the now.
10. Always leave a little mystery. That is why I am NEVER gonna tell you guys what number 10 is.... Wouldn't you love to know?

8 comments:

Mary Isabella said...

Good advice!! I am from the class Of 1972......Happy Mothers Day..Mary

Lisa said...

Perfect. You should be the guest speaker for graduation!!! #10 is my favorite.

Becky K. said...

Love it Gayla. Great advice!

Another year done...new lives ahead for your students. You were so nice to make something of it for them....
Becky K.

Anonymous said...

I remember for your "first" seniors, you hand-painted ceramic figurines to look like each graduate...then for our class, you attempted a kind of acid-etched mirror thingy...but alas, this was a craft gone bad. *grin* Gayla, you were, and are, a gifted and generous teacher and I'll always be grateful to you. Thank you!

FourSistersInACottage said...

Just stopping by to Wish You a WONDERFUL HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
Hugs and Love,
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Tyler said...

Those cupcakes look sooo good.. Such a wonderful blog page~ :)

CIELO said...

What a nice thing to do!

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day....

Hugs

cielo

fifi said...

Ah, SO VERY WELL SAID.
And I think I am going to do like the geese do...smart birdies they are!
xo
fifi