Graduation Dinner Speech

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The author reflects on their childhood friend, Becky, who pursued an education and career working with children despite facing many obstacles, including becoming a mother right after high school. Becky’s perseverance and determination serve as an inspiration to others, as she viewed life’s journey as a little bit of a race, vacation, and competition. The author raises a toast to Becky and her accomplishments, encouraging others to take the road less traveled in pursuit of their dreams.

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Robert Frost once wrote a poem that said, “I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”  The struggle to attain a quality education can be likened to this quote; completing a degree is not a road that everyone takes, but it can often be the choice in a lifetime that makes all the difference.”

I have known Becky since we were both children.  And, even then she knew what life was all about.  Becky always thought I was somewhat of a spoilsport.  She would tell me that I would stop all the fun, and that I only liked to “play church”.  Looking back, Becky just really loved being a child, and she really loved living life.  So much so, in fact, that she eventually went on to pursue an education and a career whereby children could surround her every day.

Of course, Becky worked extremely hard to get to where she is today.  And, she overcame countless obstacles and hurdles along the way, not the least of which was having a child just after high school.  But, none of this stopped Becky from admirably pursuing her dreams.  She should be an inspiration to us all.  Life is often compared to a road.  It’s a journey that everyone undertakes.  Some people view the journey as a race, some people view the journey as a vacation, and some people view the journey as a competition.  Becky seems to have viewed it as a little bit of all of the above.   She has constantly moved towards her goals.  She has stepped over rocks, and ran over weeds, and, sometimes, stopped in a meadow to smell the flowers or sit on a rock and enjoy the view.

So, today, in this day of celebration, I ask each of you to raise your glasses with me.  A toast!  To accomplishment—to success—to the journey of life and the road less traveled, however difficult it may sometimes be— and to a future destined for greatness……to Becky!

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