"Hey let's go skinny dippin'"
"Hey you got a pool, why don't we go skinny dippin' over at your house."
Is there anything, anyone more full of themselves than a high school senior, especially a boy, than that last week of school and especially that last day of high school?
Now a college senior they briefly see the handwriting on the wall with their graduation. The gravy train is about to end and I am going to have to go out into the world and do something. But a high school kid about to graduate, hey, "Watch out world here I come."They feel ready to take on the whole universe.
Today as I sat outside at my coffee place evidently it was the last day of school for a group of high school seniors from a neighboring high school. The place inside and out was packed. I would judge there forty plus kids there. I just sat, watched and listened to the various conversations. That line about skinny dippin' was one that one of the boys laid on his table sitting group. The group consisted of both male and females and it seemed to get the same degree of laughter from both parties.
As I sat there I thought to myself, "Oh my kids you have no idea what awaits you." Some were talking about what colleges they would be going to, others about what they were going to wear tonight, or "Did you see how he looked at me, I'd love to go out with him." On and on.
As they all began to leave I thought for a moment and I was reminded of some lines from an old McGuire Sisters song from the late 50s'. My time, the late 50s'. I thought how these lyrics would be my hope and prayer for each of them. Probably not just me but their parents and grandparents also.
May you always live with laughter for a smile becomes you so
May good fortune find your doorway may the bluebird sing your song
May no trouble travel your way may no worry stay too long
May your heartaches be forgotten may no tears be spilled
May old acquaintance be remembered and your cup of kindness filled
May you always be a dreamer may your wildest dream come true
May you find someone to love as much as I love you
"May you always know how much----we love you"
With that thought I felt a lump comin' on in my throat...I got up to go get a second cup.