Time Marches Much Too Quickly….
We are down to the final days at Pleasantdale Middle School, and too soon we will be celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2017!
At this time of the year, I often get questions like, “I bet you are counting down the days!”, or “How many minutes are left till you have some quiet time?”, anticipating that I might be anxious for the end of the year. In truth, this is probably the hardest time of year for me, and amidst the joy in celebrating the graduating class, there are a few moments of melancholy. The end of the year brings about change, with the departure of our graduates, retiring teachers, families that are moving, etc., and while it is exciting to anticipate what the future holds for each, each will be missed from our educational community. It can be hard to say goodbye.
As I too am at a transitional point of my educational career, these moments of reflection have been more frequent of late. It seems only yesterday that a young Mr. Busch was trying to learn a “Tripod” in my gymnastics class at LT, or many of our current parents were lining up at the side of the LT pool for practice, class to begin, or the LT Prom tickets go on sale. Where does the time go?
In just these few years I have been with you at Pleasantdale, I have been able to celebrate the weddings of three of my children, several graduations, challenges with family illness, and prayers in thanksgiving as those family members heal. My own graduation from St. John of the Cross does not seem that far away, yet this picture surely confirms that is was. With passages and transitions, there are also new beginnings, and my wife and I are anticipating our new role as grandparents this summer. Time does pass all too quickly!
But please do find that time to celebrate, to enjoy those milestones as well as simple moments. Each year your children will continue to grow and each new year will bring new opportunities, challenges, and causes for celebration. Enjoy the wonderful gift we have in each and every moment, and the love shared by those close to us.
To our parents of the Class of 2017, thank you so much for making these moments of time so special at Pleasantdale Middle School. When these young adults cross the stage on June 6, please know how much we have appreciated their time here at Pleasantdale Middle School, and how much they will be missed.
To all of our parents, thanks so much for allowing me the wonderful opportunity to spend some time with you. These past four years have flown by, yet have been filled with many wonderful memories to last a lifetime. This is a special community, and I thank you for so warmly welcoming me to it.