I saw the kids today, leaving school around 2:00 PM, wearing their freedom smiles and a lot of silly string. The Alice Cooper classic running through my head..."SCHOOL'S OUT FOR THE SUMMER! SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER!!!"
I could spot the ones for whom school is, indeed, out forever. The Seniors looked a little bit shell shocked. Most of them have no memory of Life Before School. They've been going almost every day for thirteen years. Many of them carry an awareness that their lives have changed irrevocably, forever, in an instant. Life, as they know it, is over.
Some will, of course, have at least their next four years mapped out, either with more school, or military service. However, there are always those who have been so focused on graduation that they have not given a lot of thought to its aftermath.
I hope those kids can take the summer to just think about it.
Life is about to start.