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It seems these days, families live so far apart. I’m sure that’s the way it is for most of us. Keeping connected takes a lot more effort than it used to.  I don’t think it is just me and my loved ones.

Screen sharing is not the same as being together in real time, although it somewhat fills the gaps.

I feel like a slacker. Lately I’ve been losing things, including house keys and my wallet, twice. Moving much too fast. Not exactly self-care. I finished helping at the preschool until September and the preschool was the first graduation. We had seven of the littles graduating and what a fun, imaginative production for all the children.

It seems like I’ve been on a treadmill lately, such a busy time of year. I looked forward to going up to Beaverton to take a much needed family-filled break.

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Question to our sweet little grad: "What was your favorite thing about graduating preschool last Sunday?"

Answer: "Wearing the white outfit with the funny hat." 

Well, that about sums it up. The biggers getting set for big kids school. The littlers also wearing caps and gowns because they were jealous and graduated to pre-kindergarten. A grand performance including dancing, singing, little speeches by each child standing on a platform, and of course my favorite part, the Pledge. Teachers gave each child a personalized book and each family a unique keepsake gift made by their child. Virtuosity of teacher love and amazing student performances. Laughter, tears of joy. Oh, the places these littles will go! I'm so sure of that. Childhood is a precious time!

I am so happy to write this grad post and admittedly nervous. The last time I was this jittery was right before I gave a Commencement speech for Chapman University. I practically fell off the platform. Tripped, no kidding, but think I made up for it with what I said. My three best words were "Just Do It."

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Graduates.  It has been almost seventeen years since I walked across the stage at my own high school graduation.   Even though the time-gap from then until now seems like an eternity- I know the emotions that each of you has.  You are excited.  Most likely thrilled.  You feel free.  You also feel scared, and possibly sad.  You have probably both laughed and cried about this event in the past couple of weeks.  You are finishing and starting all at the same time.

Most importantly I hope you feel proud.  Graduation day is one of those times in life that you can say that all of your hard work has paid off.  You put forth effort and your feeling what it is like to be successful.  You have had your ups and you have had your downs.  You persevered.  Don’t forget this word as you journey forward through life.  Perseverance (as defined by dictionary.com) is the steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Soon you are going to realize that homework assignments were not that bad.  Taking a final test will seem like nothing.  Striking out in wiffle ball and losing it for your team during physical education class will no longer feel devastating.  These moments (gigantic as they once seemed), are the tiny seeds that have been planted that will help you grow through life.  Toney Dorsett retired pro football player once said, and it applies to life as well as football.  He said…

 “I’m a strong believer that you practice like you play, little things make big things happen.”  

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