Michel: Always celebrate with all you have

Published 12:01 am Saturday, May 25, 2019

Sometimes I wake up to a word or phrase that is almost audible. Recently it was, “Celebrations don’t happen often, so when they do, we should celebrate with all we have.”

May 22, 2019, dawned with excitement in my home. Two celebrations were on the agenda, and I was able to attend both.

My granddaughter Olivia had a kindergarten program during which the students sang songs and individually recited parts of a poem about their year. At the conclusion of the ceremony, she walked out as a first grader.

Soon after I went to my granddaughter Adeline’s first grade awards ceremony.

Having taught elementary school, I feel as though I have a greater appreciation for the teachers and the amount of effort the students put forth.

Their awards (Adeline earned the Living Responsibly award) were well-deserved.

In addition to elementary programs, many of my friends are attending high school and college graduations. Enjoy them!

I believe we need to give attention and honor to students who are diligent to achieve their well-earned awards and diplomas.

I commend the educators who continue to put forth the effort to plan and present ceremonies that celebrate the accomplishments of students. Thank you for investing your time and talent into the next generation.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Just as important as the lessons you’ve learned in the classroom are the ways you’ve grown as a person, the friendships you have formed and the deeper understanding you have acquired of yourself and others.

Remember the love of your family and friends. Remember your own sacrifices and hard work. And remember God has a special plan for your life.

May the future hold many new joys and accomplishments and be a continuation of what you have already achieved.

Ronny Michel may be reached at rmichel@rtconline.com.