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.