Eric’s High School graduation was last night and I’m feeling just a little sad this morning. As we were leaving, a classmate ran up and hugged Eric and told him she was going to miss him so much and that she’d always cherished his friendship. It was such a lovely thing to say. All the students seemed excited and happy, but I also saw quite a few teary eyed faces. I thought how fleeting those golden years of childhood truly are and brought to mind a poem by Robert Frost.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.…Robert Frost
Congratulations and best wishes to all the 2013 graduates! Here’s a poem by Emily Dickinson that I was thinking about this morning. Somehow it seemed appropriate.
Look Back On Time with Kindly Eyes
Look back on time with kindly eyes
He doubtless did his best;
How softly sinks his trembling sun
In human nature’s west!…..Emily Dickinson