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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



It is hard to believe that May has arrived already and summer is right around the corner. It is always a busy month as spring field work winds down, the last waining days of school are held and another crop of young people graduate from high school. I feel that because of my life experience, which honestly is probably more than enough for three people to share, I am highly qualified to pass along a little advice to our graduates.

  1. Take time to be thankful. Not just because you survived the last thirteen years but be thankful for every person, every joy, every experience and every heart ache that was a part of it.
  2. Before you leave for college have one killer blow out weekend away with your best friends. Go camping, take a mini trip, or just spend a weekend hanging around the campfire. You will thank me for it later.
  3. Don't waste your summer. Work some and play some.
  4. You aren't going to want to, but spend quality time with Mom and Dad. Sure, your friends are more fun but your folks will miss you when you are gone and are the ones who will send you money when you call home.
  5. College will be different than high school. It will be a good place to start over as a new person. Remember to get involved and have fun but do everything but studying in moderation.
  6. You are now responsible for yourself. That means getting up...dressing yourself...using deodorant....brushing your teeth...finding things to eat...doing your homework and getting to class.
  7. See something of the world while you can. It is always easier to come back home after you have seen what else is out there. If you come home first you will never leave.
  8. Go to church. You will pray to God plenty that first year, especially during finals week. Remember to pay him back on Sunday morning.
  9. Write or call home regularly to let us know you are alright.
  10. And finally, remember that we are all here rooting for you to accomplish great don't screw it up!
  11. And remember...we're all in this together.