Friday, June 5, 2009

Sno-cone


Today was Logan's last full day of kindergarten. Sure there are three half days next week, but for intents and purposes, he is done. To celebrate we had a cookout at the school complete with things kids love...hot dogs, chips, fruit, brownies, chewy fruit flavored processed gelatin shaped somewhat like real fruit (you get the point) and juice pouches. It rained, so we had to move inside, but it was beach day so everyone spread out their towels and made a big time of it.

Knowing my oratory talent, I figured they would ask me to speak, so I prepared a few thoughts on graduating Kindergarten...

Today is the last day of the rest of your lives. When you next grace the halls of this school you will be in a grade. This means lots of scary things like homework, changing rooms for different classes, colored pencils instead of crayons. While these may seem terrifying to you, I want to reassure you that you have learned the most important things about life this past year. They will help you succeed in all that you accomplish in the coming years.

Balance - Work, play, art, naps, singing, dancing. Each are an important part of life, yet as you get older you tend to forget.

Stick together - When you travel through life, stay together. While it may be funny to run around the corner ahead of the group, you never know who or what you will run into. There are more frightening things than the Principal.

Read - When the year first started you couldn't. Now the world has been unlocked for you. Vast discoveries await, don't ever take it for granted.

Share - Remember that day you did not have a glue stick, but someone at your table shared with you. Remember that next time a friend is hungry or in need.

Don't pee on the playground - Soiling the common areas in life only leads to heartache. And where are you going to wash your hands, a mud puddle?

Diversity - So many different groups sit here before me together. We played together, we cried together, we worked together and today we graduate together.

I'm sure there are other things you learned along the way, but keep these few in mind when you face the tough challenges in the coming years and you will go far.

Alas, when tasks were doled out, instead of imparting wisdom, I was asked to run the sno-cone machine. They will probably remember that better than the words. Out of spite, I added extra pumps of flavoring to each and walked, smiling, past the little kid writing his name in urine on the corner of the breezeway, amidst the sugar induced chaos.

13 comments:

Austin said...

That's funny bro! Extra squirts is what makes a snowcone!

lettuce said...

ha! great post

yes, the things we could tell them - but would they listen? no, they'd sooner be eating sno cones

(and fair enough I reckon!)

Brian Miller said...

@austin - and if you mix all the colors it looks less like a rianbow and more like bile...

@lettuce - you are probably right...

Anonymous said...

Urine Writers... a dying breed.

-DF

Rob said...

Funny stuff.

Daniel said...

Brian, maybe it's best that they gave you a job like the Sno-cone machine. This was probably the most popular spot in the joint!

Brian Miller said...

@daniel - was fun. the kids got pretty hopped up on the sugar. was pretty funny to watch. we said a silent prayer for the teachers and their 2 hours after the event.

@rob - thanks. almost rethought that last line. while true almost "dampens" the story.

@DF - too true. and in summer yet, usually that is reserved for the colder months.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

funny post!

too bad you couldn't give the speech....it would have been good to remind the kids not to pee on the playground...oh well, if that starts happening you can't be held accountable!

subtorp77 said...

Save that speech! You just never know when you may get a chance to really use it( the speech, that is ).

Dot-Com said...

Kindergarten graduation - what a great idea!

Marianna said...

Oh that was a great speech! You never know who you've touched with your words Brian...some kids (or mums) may remember it for life :)

Have a great weekend
xoxo

Baino said...

No shame in being the Snow-Cone man . .it's a damn fine profession . . .shame it rained but looks warm enough. Good advice too but not sure it would be taken on board by a six year old on a sugar rush!

Mrsupole said...

Don't pee on the playground....this would have been the best advice I have ever heard given to any graduating class....priceless.