I have a long list of absolute truths that I want my children to know. I do not have children, nor do I know when or if I will ever have children. However, I do know that we live in a very deceiving world that will try to fill my currently nonexistent child’s mind with a lot of garbage. Despite my best efforts, I will not be able to protect my children from everything. I know this, because my parents were phenomenal, yet the world still got its evil messages through their barriers and into my eyes and ears. How could they not? With the way technology has taken off and the way the media tries to control our lives, it’s nearly impossible to shelter your child without becoming a hermit. However, I can still do my best.
With that in mind, this is the first of what I’m sure will become a series of posts about the truths and values I would like my children to know. This particular is definitely not one of the more vital ones, but it is something that has been on my mind as my sister along with so many others are getting ready for the school year to start up in a couple weeks.
Dear son and/or daughter,
I have heard it a dozen times, and as you grow older and enter into your teen years, I am sure that you will too. “High school is the best four years of your life! You better enjoy it while you can!” The movies and shows starring individuals obviously way too old to be in high school make it look as though these four years make up the most exciting time of your life.
Don’t get me wrong, high school is a lot of fun. You get out of life what you put into it, and that is absolutely true when it comes to school. However, it is not the most fun you will ever have. In fact, I pray that it isn’t the most fun you will ever have, because to do so would be to imply that you have a whole lifetime of boredom to look forward to.
I want to make it clear right now that I thoroughly enjoyed high school. I earned good grades, I stayed involved, I went to dances, etc. I did all of the things that you are told you’re supposed to do, and I had a good time while doing them.
But did I have the time of my life?
No, I didn’t.
The summer following my senior year was ten times more fun than every year of high school put together. I enjoyed working way more than I enjoyed sitting in class, or even going to practice or some club meeting. After high school, you meet people that will change your life. Sure, some people marry their high school sweethearts, and maybe you will too. But it isn’t until you are out in the real world that you really start to grow together.
Winning our homecoming football game was fun, but it doesn’t compare to the weekends I get to spend with family. Prom was a great time, but it doesn’t come close to the joy I felt the day I married your father. Graduating high school was a great accomplishment, but I am willing to bet that it will not compare to the pride I know I will feel the day see you walk that stage to receive your diploma.
High school is not the real world. The real world is hard, and sometimes you will look back and wish those days hadn’t gone by so fast. But then you will see how far you have come and you will be glad that they had.
I hope your high school years treat you well. I hope that you make memories that last a lifetime and that you remember to savor every moment. However, I hope that you don’t have the time of your life. Those days are still yet to come.