For the first time since we’ve been here, I was unable to get a babysitter to watch my kids during graduation. Our first year, I had someone babysit Jared and I took Luke with me to graduation. He was only five months old and slept through most of it. Our second year, I found a couple babysitters to watch Jared and Luke and I was able to spend some time greeting the graduating seniors after the event was over.
However, I still have the same challenge each year. My regular babysitters want to attend graduation and I have to find someone the boys are unfamiliar with who doesn’t plan to go to graduation. This year, I wasn’t able to find anyone who didn’t want to go to graduation.
So, Stephen and I came up with a back up plan. I would borrow one of the classrooms attached to the gymnasium where the students would graduate. The boys could sit in there and watch a movie and I could sit right outside the classroom door with the baby to watch the graduation from there.
Although I couldn’t focus my full attention on the graduation procedures, I was able to there when Stephen was presented with a special trophy for his three years of service at the school. I also watched him get bear-hugged by one of the seniors. (Stephen thought he was going to fall off the stage with that hug.)
I kept getting flash backs from my graduation in 1995, as I watched each student so proudly walk up on stage and pose with the Stephen to receive their diploma. By 9pm on June 17, 2011, every senior was turning their tassel on their graduation cap and reveling in the fact that they were done with high school.
In their honor, I’ve created a modified version of Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
A Time for Everything (at AAI)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity at the AllianceAcademy:
A time to register for classes and a time to clean out lockers;
A time for seating charts and class syllabi,
And a time for collecting returned textbooks and giving final exams.
A time for greeting new students and time to congratulate graduating seniors,
A time to set down firm rules, and a time to tolerate senior pranks,
A time to teach and a time to learn,
A time to give lectures and a time to provide study halls,
A time to grade papers and a time to hang out,
A time to stress and a time to relax,
A time to hand out homework and a time to gather it in,
A time to hand out hall passes and a time to hand out diplomas,
A time to practice and a time to perform,
A time for new teacher bar-b-ques and a time for final staff chapels,
A time to give detentions and a time to give merit points,
There is a time for setting goals and a time for assessing the work that has been done.
Congratulations, AAI’s class of 2011!