We are coming up on the end of the school year and I am sure some of you have already gotten there and are already enjoying the summer with your kids. Yet others may be counting down the days until they go back to school. But anyway, I digress.
When I was a counselor at Camp Lookout as a teenager we had a big campfire on Thursday nights before the campers went home on Friday. We would all sit around the campfire, sing some songs, thank people who made the weeks special for us and often read a story. For the 12 year olds this would be their last time coming to camp as a camper and it was especially emotional for many of them (and often us). The story we often would read would be “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.
I often think back to this book as it talks about growing up, moving on, and striking out on your own. It was so profound to those campers as they left a place of sanctuary and stability (which was often the only one they had in their lives) and set out on their own with out us.
Now that I am a parent, my wife and I have thought ahead to a time when our own little Supers move out on their own and have to make decisions on their own without us. So, we purchased these books to give to our “A” and “N” when they graduate from high school. Yes, we already purchased them twelve years before they graduate. We did this so that at the end of each school year we can give the book to their teachers and have them sign and write something inspirational to them. Then when they graduate they will have a gift twelve years in the making. They will see how much people cared for them and that they want them to succeed.
Hopefully, they will look at these book and think that we were the best parents ever for being so thoughtful and caring so much. Hopefully, they will look back at these books and remember all the people who cared for them and hope that they do not get stuck in “the waiting place”.
Because, Will they succeed? “Yes!” They “will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed).” I sure hope yours will too.
I would love to hear from you and what great ideas you have for when your children move on and up, so please leave a comment.