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ACHS 2020 Senior signs handed out with special letter

By Andrea Waggener

 Senior signs were given out at Adair County High School today. I'm attaching a letter I wrote to give to each of the seniors.

Adair County High School Senior Class of 2020,

"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed." -- Kitty O'Meara

Read that last part of the poem again...

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

YOU. You are the ones that will build a new future. Your choices, your dreams--these things are what will bring our country together and will make the entire world better for it. YOU.

But it is more than okay to be sad and to grieve all that you are missing. Spring Break, Senior Breakfast, Senior Skip-Day, Spring Sports, Banquets, Awards Night, Prom and...Graduation. It's okay to cry and to be angry. We have cried for you and prayed for you.

But I challenge you to feel those emotions and then channel it. Find a passion and throw yourself into it head first. Rise above bitterness with kindness. Your senior class will forever be connected through both shared experiences and missed memories. Remember that connection and cherish it.

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" Your answer may be slightly different today than it was even a few weeks ago. Many of us just want to feel "normal" again. But "normal" has changed. It's cliche, we know, but it is true now more than ever--YOU can change the world. COVID-19 has altered this moment, but it's YOU and how you respond to this challenge that will truly make history.

So, let this experience change you. Let it make you stronger and wiser. Let it make you more kind and more concerned about the well-being of your friends and neighbors. Let it strengthen your faith.

Thank you for letting us share in the all of the moments of your life, big and small. We have enjoyed watching you grow and we will continue being your biggest fans long after this pandemic is over. We LOVE You. We are PROUD of you. And we can't wait to celebrate all of your achievements!


This story was posted on 2020-04-21 16:32:43
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