High school graduation

It's high school graduation around here this weekend (image credit), and I cannot help but get a little nostalgic. I guess that tends to happen every year as I get further and further away from my own HS graduation. Why does that happen?

Anyway, way back when, I couldn't wait to get out of there. It's not that I had a bad high school experience. But, like almost all people that age, I was ready to move on to the next step in my life. Some of my friends went into the working world, some of them went into the military right out of high school, and some people went to college. I was in that last group.

But, before that, I remember my last two months of high school like it was yesterday. I went in with about a dozen of my friends to purchase a "class car." It was a beat-up old boat-sized vehicle, but it was ours. We painted the thing; we drove it everywhere; we pushed it to the gas station when it ran out of gas; and we took it to the graduation ceremony as we were dressed in our caps and gowns - Good times!

And, then, for the rest of June, there was graduation party after graduation party. Little did I know that would be the last time that I would see some of those people -- because hardly anyone moves back to this economically deprived area. For a lot of my friends, it was time to move on to bigger and better things.

For me, I had a feeling of accomplishment that I finished high school. I was going to miss my friends, but I knew it was time for me to move on as well - to the next step in my life. I was excited, yet a little scared of what was to come - namely college.

Thanks for this quick stroll down memory lane. Maybe I'll have more to blog on this later. Any fun high school graduation memories out there?