Thursday, May 3, 2012

Graduation Blues

            “So what are you going to do after you graduate from high school?”

            Alex swallows his chewing gum with a gulp. He doesn’t know how to answer, even though he has been asked this same question by his grandparents, his friends’ parents, neighbors, and teachers.

            He knows what he doesn’t want to do. He doesn’t want to sit in a classroom. He doesn’t want to take a dead-end job. He doesn’t want to join the military. He doesn’t want to continue to live at home with his parents.

            Alex, like many others of his generation, is in just-graduated-from-high school hell. He sees the rest of his life stretching ahead of him, a long empty road that he’s going to have to fill with…something.

            On the plus side, Alex has a supportive family, good friends, a diploma from Brookwood High School, a 16-year-old Geo Prism that runs, good looks, natural intelligence, and a puppy that only rarely bites his friends when they come to visit. What more could a guy ask for?

            I suspect that Alex will have to try several paths before he finds one that suits him. That’s okay; he has time. What I do know without a doubt is that Alex will make me proud, whatever he decides to do. He’s a fine young man, and I’m proud that he’s my son.

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