Today is the last day of school for my kids. Well, considering it only lasts for about 3 hours, I wouldn’t call the last DAY… It will be filled with parties, laughter and excitement for the fun times ahead. I’m looking forward to a laid back schedule, pool days and sand between my toes. But, it’s a little sad for me, too. My oldest child, the Professor, just graduated from 5th grade. Don’t poo-poo this milestone. He’s going to start Middle School in the fall, and for this mommy, I want to hold on to my baby boy a little longer.
Of course, the Professor has always made it quite clear that he’s going to grow up fast, despite my objections. He spoke eloquently in both Farsi and English by the age of 18-months. He’d argue with the director of his preschool, trying to “lawyer” his way home to me. It was only 3 hours a day, 3 days a week! The Professor started to devour books in kindergarten, reading far beyond his grade level when he entered first grade. He knew all the names of the dinosaurs after his auntie gave him a book when he was four, and he still dreams of being a paleontologist.
Yes, this not-so-little guy has really opened my eyes to the world around me.
For his graduation ceremony, four students were chosen to speak on the theme of “Being a Champion.” My young professor was one of them. He wrote this speech himself, with no help from me, except for grammar checking. His daddy and I were blown away by what he wrote. So was the rest of the family. His two sets of grandparents, auntie, uncle and cousin sat proudly with teary-eyes and cheered him on as they listened to him talk.
All of the speeches given were amazing. But, I thought I’d share my Professor’s speech in case even you need a little inspiration during those inspiration-less days. Plus, some S’mores on a Stick, to celebrate summer vacation!
I believe that everyone has a champion inside of them, but that the “champion” is locked inside a box. Everyone needs a certain key of inspiration that’s just right for them.
Ladies and gentlemen, these 5th graders, soon to be 6th graders, will soon make decisions that may change their lives. Some may be leaders, and some will be led. I’m sure that whatever they do, they will all be a champion!
To me, a champion is someone who rises above all others. A champion shows all traits of good character. Most of all, a champion does not try. He does.
If we aren’t tomorrow’s champions, who is? Not the teachers. They are today’s champions! We are the only option. Who will be the leaders? We will! We need to go to lengths none will go to. We need to be the best of the best. We need to be those people who will stop at nothing to achieve.
What about the key to championship? Well, inspiration can come from about anywhere! For example, I found an inspirational quote from a cartoon! The main character, Phineas Flynn, said, “The only thing that is impossible is impossibility!” He said that with so much enthusiasm, that I really believe him.
Thomas Edison, creator of the light bulb, said, “I didn’t fail 10,000 times, I just found 10,000 ways NOT to make a light bulb!” Thomas Edison did not admit to defeat. This goes to show that leaders can leave something for the future that could really help.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight,” from a Japanese proverb says that even among our “tries,” our “do’s” will always prevail.
Remember that to reach the top, we have to aim for the top, to go for the gold. Everyone has potential, they just need to find the key. Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it!