Letter to Seniors: From Mrs. Zachry

To my seniors who always (hung) out in the media center,

I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU again for the surprise baby shower! What a perfect way it was for me to end the year with you all – especially now! I will cherish those memories forever – you really made me feel special and loved and right now, I think it is great to have those emotions to cling to!

I was hoping I’d get to see you all in May, but it turns out I won’t. I am saddened also not to see you all at prom, “dripping” with style {did I use that correctly?}. You all deserved to have these special moments of celebrations with friends – the end of high school is a time like no other. But, as I am older (not that old) and wiser, I can honestly tell you it will seem less important the older you get. Let’s be real- graduations are long, hot, and often a little boring (until you hear your friends speak and hear your name called). All I remember about my high school graduation is walking in the rain – it started pouring as soon as we were set to start and the administration decided to roll with it. That’s literally all I remember; the years prior to that raining evening are the moments I still remember.  It is the group of friends who were worth keeping in touch with who are still a part of my life – ones who were in my wedding and have held my children (I also had a few teachers dance at my wedding and attend my baby showers). Those are the things that really matter in life. I am not saying that hearing you name called isn’t important, I am just saying that in the grand scheme of things, other things are MORE important. You should all still be very proud of yourselves, as I know we as teachers are. We have seen so many of you mature (somewhat 😊)  over the years and we are looking forward to seeing the great things you will contribute. Heck, maybe some of you will be creators of vaccines so that the world doesn’t have to go through this again (wouldn’t that be nice).

At the end of the day, you are just about done with your high school career. You made it. And just like I had to walk in the rain for graduation and roll with that punch, you can and will be okay rolling with this gut punch. That is what life is about – learning to roll with the punches, dodge the ones where you can, and pick yourself back up from the ones that hit you. If I have learned anything in life, I can say with 100% certainty that life rarely goes to the way you have it planned in your head. But, if you keep going, you will eventually see how the pieces all seem to fall into place exactly the way they are meant to be (it may take a while, but it will happen).

So, thank you, my dear students of the media canter. Thank you not only for loving me and my family, but for being so excited for me to welcome baby Kyle. Thank you for keeping me on my toes in the media center and not allowing me to lose my “teacher” voice and stare. I didn’t even know some of you in August and yet it seems like you have all been in the media center for years (some of you did skip some classes, but that’s neither here nor there). You all are very special to me and I am excited for you. Enjoy this LONG summer break – just don’t go anywhere close to anyone quite yet.

Congrats and Thank you to the Class of 2020.

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