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Scrapbook -- June 1, 2011
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The graduate


My friend tells about her granddaughter’s kindergarten graduation. The proud little girl said, “Grandma, now you don’t have to worry! I can take care of you. I have graduated and I’m ready to go to work. We will have plenty of money!”

The first job for a young teen may be cooking burgers at a fast food restaurant. Right away, he is RICH! He sees “piles of money, all for me!” All the movies and ice cream he wants. Now he can wow his friends. But he doesn’t have to find a place to live or food for his family.

Later a teen graduates from high school. He “has the world by the tail.” Everybody should have a high school diploma or a GED. Very few people get good jobs without one of them. But only few doors will open to this diploma. Probably the hardest education is learning the cost of living.

My friend said to her granddaughter, “You still have 12 years to go!” Even with a college degree finding a great job is not easy anymore. Every graduation is a move from the top of one step to the bottom of the next. But this child, with her excitement, has made a great first step. “Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Word List:   graduation, diploma, education, excitement.

-- dcw