Justin Blowers

Now everybody take a deep breath and say this with me, it’s May—again.

I don’t know why May is always the month that really makes you realize how fast the year has gone by. Maybe it’s because a brand new class of seniors will be graduating or maybe it’s because for so long of our lives, May served as the end of the year for us throughout our schooling. Either way, May is here and it always seems to keep coming faster and faster every year.

So, with it being May, let’s start down the annual list of congratulations.

First of all, congratulations to all the high school seniors in the area. You survived. It may have been hard, but now you’re free of high school. It’s time for you to go off into the work force, to the military, to a two-year college, a trade school or a four-year university.

This will be one of the weirdest times in your life as you struggle between how great it is not having your parents down your neck but also struggling to survive because you didn’t realize how much your parents did for you.

For the juniors, you’ve got just one more year left. I know high school can seem and is rough at times, but you’re almost at the end. Always strive to do your best, but remember that just graduating is an accomplishment so don’t look down on yourself or be dissuaded because you’re not poised to be the top of the class. A high school diploma is a high school diploma.

For the seniors at community colleges in the area, congratulations to you as well. You’ve survived two years of college and now you have a choice as to where to go next. No matter what you choose, with those two years and an associate’s/trade certification behind you, you’ve got legs to stand on.

To those graduating a four-year institution, you did it. It doesn’t matter whether it took you five or six years or even longer, you did it. You have a bachelor’s. You made it through the rigorous college system. Congratulations.

To the teachers, the year is almost over. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that, but it’s another group of students that will leave you once again. You served as their guide for the year as they traversed new subjects and new experiences. I’m sure the impact you’ve made on their lives cannot be understated. That’s why Teacher Appreciation Week is in May after all.

Finally, to the parents. This a time of bitter-sweet joy for many of you. The duality of pride as your child walks across the stage, but also knowing they’re no longer your baby. Congratulations to you for you’ve raised them well enough for them to get this far.

You’ve instilled in them the merits to see something to the end.

As I’m sure you know, they’ve still got much to learn from you, but now is when they must start really learning on their own. The training wheels on life come off from this point on. Be there and be happy for your child. Again, congratulations on a job well done.

So congratulations to all that are due it in this month of May. It’s the month of accomplishments and new beginnings. Congratulations again and the best of luck in all endeavors headed your way.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at sjblowers@southeastsun.com.

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