birth

There are many different types of births.  Last night I witnessed a different type of birth.  It was the birth or maybe the rebirth of people both young and old that had not been able to complete their high school education.  I witnessed the graduation ceremony of extended education students.  People from their early 20's to their mid 6o's graduating from high school.  For me it was an awesome experience to see these people being "reborn" to a new life by getting their high school degrees.  They have a new chance at life and the desire to better themselves.  Good for them.  I hope they all go on to get their college degrees.  It takes guts to go back and start over.  My hearty congratulations to all 1000 of them.

17 comments:

  1. Yes it does take guts to step up the the plate and move forwards, we could all use a bit more of that courage, I know I could.

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  2. thanks Linda..Good to hear from you

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  3. You have to thank those that encouraged them to take the step to achieve those qualifications. Great reminder never to give up just because you missed out once.

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  4. egg..true and a school system that is there for them. getting harder and harder. they keep shutting down more things that have to do with education. they just cut off our free college writing classes

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  5. I've often wondered what my life would have been like if I hadn't left school at 15. Those who go back are great.

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  6. What a lovely thought about what 'birth' means. It absolutely takes courage to change things and start-over. It makes popping into world seem easy by comparison! Jae

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  7. What courage! I see it first hand almost every day, too. I work in a classroom for non-typical learners: from a high school boy with CP who can't read past a 1st grade level, to a mom who doesn't let the fact that I'm younger than her bother her one bit...we're actually good friends. Of course, I've seen many give up too, but really that makes me admire those who succeed all the more. Every time I get down about only being able to take a couple college classes a semester, I remember stories like this one.

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  8. Anthony...I would have bet my last dollar that you have a Doctorate in Liturature.

    jae...yes it takes courage for all of us to look into ourselves and realize that a change is needed. Anthony has a great take on change this week but he likes the easy way.

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  9. Yes, yes, yes! Congratulations from over here as well. HOW FABULOUS!!!

    Read my Sunday Scribble here.

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  10. good for them indeed! A fabulous (re)birth!

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  11. Truly, a different kind of birth. Cheers to the graduates.

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  12. I did a course on making beer....does that count?

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  13. Kelstahz...my hat is off to those that help people get a 2nd chance

    Julie...thks for dropping in

    Jaycee...your poem on this prompt inspired me. I'm going to give my book another 9 months before I go to the Gods of letters for a "C" scetion.

    Mr snake...millions of people wait patiently for the birthing of a beer...day in and day out

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  14. Thanks for the reminder that it's never too late for second chances. Cheers and congratulations to the graduates.

    Kate

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  15. Awesome post Griz - my mom had to quit school and work and she went to night school and got her diploma when I was in high school. I was very proud of her so this hit home :)

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  16. Kate ..t.u. for the visit. I have never seen smiles on the faces of kids when they graduate like I saw on these people.

    Dee..it really takes special people to make a country. These people are the backbone of every country. It takes guts to start over.

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  17. Love the post! Brings back memories: I was one of the teacher in the pilot adult basic ed program in WVA in the late 60s, early 70s. My primary class (5 days a week) were welfare recipients who worked and attended school. Several completed their GEDs.

    I also taught a basic class at night and my then 50-some year old mother was my student until she moved up to the "high school" level. From that she went on to pass the GED class. Of course, we threw her a graduation party, complete with a pennant, cake, and carks!

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