This is an exciting time of the year for high school seniors as they end one chapter of their lives and begin another. For twelve years, these young people have been receiving their general education and have been learning to face the future. Despite their remarks, most of them have enjoyed those years of growth and are just a little frightened to think about their next step.
This woman from lma was one of those students who didn't want to leave THS and would have stayed a few more years if permitted. Those years were happy and fairly carefree for me causing me to have second thoughts about leaving. Now, as I look back, those really were among the happiest years because I was surrounded by a loving family, outstanding teachers, and great friends.
Even though I really didn't want to graduate, that graduation was the most memorable of all. Yes, I was privileged to gather other diplomas, but the one from THS is still my most prized because it was first and because it represents such a great era of life. Actually, I remember that ceremony more clearly than the others, even if it took place 59 years ago and others were slightly more recent. I can even remember what I wore, whereas I haven't a clue about my wardrobe for the others.
We can but hope our current seniors have enjoyed their years in school as much as many of us did so long ago. We want them to be able to look back on those years as fondly as we do and to continue many of their friendships that mean so much as we grow older. We would like to know they will be attending their school reunions as we do and enjoying each minute of visiting with friends, relatives, and teachers.
For many of us, those friendships formed in elementary school, junior high, and high school have been everlasting. We have kept in touch with each other through the years. We have stood by each other through good and bad times and have felt as close to each other as to our relatives. Because we know each other so well, we can always be ourselves when we are together. We wouldn't dream of putting on airs because the whole gang of friends would call our hand before the second word was uttered.
We wish these seniors good fortune and a happy future as they begin writing their next chapter. Remember that you can make of it what you wish. The important thought is to make your wishes big and to reach each goal you set. Just remember who you are and where you earned your first diploma. Happy lives to each of you!
Lynn Moncus is a resident of Tucumcari and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun at 461-1952.