Every crop of students has their own personality, their own foibles, and strengths.
This crop is strong.
Teachers plant seeds in their students. Good teachers strive to improve the future with every lesson. Hope is paramount.
There is no future without hope.
Teachers who don’t get that weed themselves out pretty quickly. Kids know far better than adults who is truly interested in them and who is just putting in the hours.
By the time they become teenagers, students who’ve been exposed to too many putting-in-timers are apathetic and that apathy might be the biggest problem facing the world today.
People who don’t care about anything breed more people who don’t care. Then society goes to hell, doesn’t even need the help of a hand basket.
This crop of students isn’t apathetic, they aren’t going to contribute to those issues. This group is going to do something about apathy. The future will be better because of those seeds planted long ago.
A ceremony isn’t strictly necessary, but pomp is never out of place at a moment like this.
The full moon brightens the clearing and the three take their places around the altar, black robes swirling around their feet. Each raises their hands and speaks the words.
After a symbolic beat, the words are repeated.
Sparks sizzle at their fingertips and blue light arcs from one to the next and the third, completing the circle.
Sulphur burns the air, robes blow in the sudden wind, and the howl of the unknown fills the woods.
The most successful crop in history.
The world will never be the same.
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How about you? Any memorable graduation ceremonies? Anyone else worried about Apathy?