Saturday, June 6, 2009

Fork in the road

It was a really nice ceremony. My son, along with more than 600 fellow students, graduated from eighth grade earlier this afternoon.

They looked like the babes they are as parents and family members cheered and celebrated their accomplishments. Many of the boys — I’m sure with parents’ guidance — wore their Sunday best, tie and all. While many of the girls — I’m sure acting on their own — chose dresses that were a little beyond their years. Most looked bored out of their minds.

But that’s okay … they are kids. It’s normal for them to spend much of their time in another world. They are even allowed to test the waters — a little. They are pieces of clay just waiting to be molded. And it is at this time we as adults need to be there for them more than ever.

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