My youngest was inducted into the National Honor Society this evening. And the Senior class gave their heartfelt thanks to a person who helped them in their young lives. I’m curious as to how many of these young people will remember what they said during this evening. Some will remember, because they truly felt that the individual mentioned made a very big influence on their lives. Some will not. Those that will not make me a little sad. They have to spend a few minutes at least thinking about what they can say about these people, and say something that at least sounds sincere. But in a few short years this will be a silent memory or blank page in their lives.
Many people have said that High School are the best days of your life. I, for one, am glad that they were not. I’ve had many better days since then. I have very few people I consider friends that I met while in High School. I did not do any long term bonding with any high school classmates. I still see a few around, and I’m friendly to them, but we are not good friends. My good friends I’ve met since High School. Once I was grown up enough to see what is actually good in people, and they were able to see it in me.
Back to the National Honor Society…. I was never in it. I was invited to join both my Junior and Senior years, but turned it down. I felt that it was more of a “click” than anything that would do me any good in my future. Did I make a mistake? Maybe, but I will never know. That person that had an influence on me… Yes, I had one. My High School Math teacher. I almost became a math teacher because of him. Since I didn’t have his patience, I went into computers. He is still at the school, retired from teaching, but coaching the golf team. One of the students chose him as their inspirational person. He still has that touch.