Remember the year 2000? If your son or daughter has graduated and is packing bags for college, you probably remember the year 2000 very well. This is the year your child started kindergarten. Some of you may still be depleting stocks from your Y2K shelves. In the year 2000, Sydney was hosting the Olympic games, George W. Bush was elected president, the Rams beat the Titans in the Super Bowl, and a gallon of gas cost around a $1.50. If you need evidence about how quickly time flies, simply get out your child’s kindergarten portrait and compare it with the graduation portrait. I know it only seems like yesterday that you were teaching that graduate to read. Now you are teaching them how to lead, how to enter adulthood, and how to make their own dreams. Your dreams for them will continue, but in a different way. Now is the time for them to make and capture the dreams that they have for themselves and to spend one last summer making memories!
The lyrics of Bryan Adams “Summer of ’69” capture the feelings I had when I graduated high school.
“Oh, when I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever.
And if I had the choice; yeah, I’d always want to be there.
Those were best days of my life.”
It is true, the summer between graduating high school and starting college is my most memorable. I think it probably is for must of us — and I bet it will be for your son or daughter too. Remember the movies American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused? Esquire magazine declared Dazed as one of the most nostalgic movies ever made; one that makes you long for other times. The success of these movies is in no small part because it reminds us of that special summer after high school graduation.
So naturally, this summer, the time between high school and college will be days that your son or daughter will one day look back upon with nostalgia. Much the same way you are looking back on his or first year in kindergarten with nostalgia. For me that summer was 1996; probably around the same time your son or daughter was born. It seems like it was a lifetime ago now, but the memories make it feel like yesterday. In some ways just like those first days of kindergarten for your now graduate seem to you. Time is a precious gift and as your little boy or girl transitions to college, celebrate with them in their excitement this summer! After all, it will be over soon, and then all they will have left are the memories.