Monday, June 9, 2008

June 9, 2000

Senior brunch at the Ravines... give cheerleaders special graduation CD mix... graduation rehearsal... Fast & The Furious at Orange Park AMC... home for a nap, shower and pre-graduation freakout... back to MHS... cap and gown on.... walk across the stage... cry profusely... lots of hugs & pictures with 14-year-old Alex and 6-year-old Rachel... limo ride with a handful of fellow cheerleaders... Project Graduation...

Eight years ago today, I walked across the Middleburg High School football field to receive my diploma. I was a basket case about going off to college because I was one of those freaks who really liked high school… loved it, even. And why not? It was outrageously fun, I was always busy with some school function and I'm a venti nerd.

I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. Despite being smartish, I wasn't terribly goal-oriented or motivated to be "succesful." Truth is, I didn't even know what success meant to me at that point in my life. College was on the horizon but I had no idea what to do once I got there. I had no intention of joining a sorority, of becoming a Gator fanatic or of ever moving out of the state of Florida - and I had no opinion one way or another on the public relations field. I didn't have so much as an inkling of what the next eight years would bring, but was I ever in for a wild ride!

Graduation night seems like so long ago - I don't even remember what we ended up doing that night, or who all I was with, or how we passed the summer before college parted us... but at the moment I received my diploma, on June 9, 2000, I was as panic-stricken as I could be while still being completely elated.

My cousin Jessica graduated from high school this past weekend and now she's off to college. Jessie - don't stress because you aren't quite sure of your path. Things are going to change more than you could ever fathom between your graduation day and June 7, 2016. So go with the flow, stay in touch with the people that matter, do what you need to do to build a happy life for yourself and trust God. If that's the only thing you do, trust God. Congratulations Jess and Class of 2008!

MHS Class of 2000 Graduation Song
And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives
Where we're gonna be when we turn 25
(oh wow, I'm past that!)
I keep thinking times will never change
Keep on thinking things will always be the same
But when we leave this year we won't be coming back
No more hanging out cause we're on a different track
And if you got something that you need to say
You better say it right now cause you don't have another day
Cause we're moving on and we can't slow down
These memories are playing like a film without sound
And I keep thinking of that night in June
I didn't know much of love
But it came too soon
And there was me and you
And then we got real blue
Stay at home talking on the telephone
We would get so excited and we'd get so scared
Laughing at ourselves thinking life's not fair
And this is how it feels
As we go on, we remember
All the times we had together
And as our lives change, come whatever
We will still be Friends Forever
So if we get the big jobs
And we make the big money
When we look back now
Will our jokes still be funny? (Yes!)
Will we still remember everything we learned in school?
Still be trying to break every single rule
Will little brainy Bobby be the stockbroker man?
Can Heather find a job that won't interfere with her tan?
I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
Keep on thinking it's a time to fly
Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now?
Can we survive it out there? Can we make it somehow?
I guess I thought that this would never end
And suddenly it's like we're women and men (Wow! My friends have kids!)
Will the past be a shadow that will follow us 'round?
Will these memories fade when I leave this town
I keep, I keep thinking that it's not goodbye
Keep on thinking it's a time to fly

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