To The Class of 2020
OUR VIEW: We Salute Your .... .
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The Class of 2020, Wow, have you guys and gals been through things!
The Ringer, as we old folks say. As if the Post 911 World wasn’t enough, now you are headed to college or work or family or the military in the aftermath of the Coronavirus. You didn’t have a Graduation, not really - not with all the trappings that your parents and grandparents - well, even your brothers and sisters - got to enjoy. You, most of you any way, were stuck in front of a computer; some were minding your younger brothers and sisters.
People older than you think it is an accomplishment to graduate from an on-line course.
Heck, TRY 6 ON-LINE COURSES.
All the while, trying to carve out just a little bit of normalcy, in a world gone a little bit crazy. If hitting and catching a baseball or softball was your happy place, nope, couldn’t do that - We might breath on each other. Running track? Out of the question, that’s heavy breathing. Saturday nights around the bonfire - just remember “distancing.” Even a dance - a simple, fun, carefree time - could not be held; the last dance we can remember was father-daughter in the high school commons or at the elementary school. Sure, there were parties - but lots of time these were people older than you, the “you gotta die sometime” crowd, the “let’s go shoot up Myrtle Beach” crowd.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s this - You’re Smarter Than That. You are going to have to figure out the next global pandemic - some of you already have conducted the experiments and mixed the drugs that will be the next “world-savers” - and some of you have been stuck at home. And, you know what? That’s OK, too. All of your times will come.
So, Class of 2020, what can we say. It’s been real, it’s been fun. But it hasn’t been real fun. You have showed up every single day, even if it’s “just” waving to grandpa through the big, glass window. We can’t give you more right now, but the day is coming, mark our word.
We are going to hand you, The World.