There are all kinds of goodbyes. Earlier today I went to the funeral of a 21-year-old girl whose family has been associated with Lourdes for many years. She went to Little Group here, was baptized here and made her First Holy Communion here. Today, her parents handed her back to God from here. Shortly after I came back over to school Mr. Hudak came by – he had been at the funeral. Mr. Hudak looks handsome and grown-up, and he wears a suit every day. He knows he can come for hugs and love, and say goodbye – knowing there will be more chances to talk again. Not long after I saw Mr. Hudak I spoke with one of our dads who was picking his children up so that they could attend their grandfather’s funeral. His dad had been ill and suffering, and was 84. They were saying goodbye with some sense that, while none of us is ever ready to say goodbye to our parents, this was better for his dad. We say goodbye to teachers who move on to new and exciting lives. We say goodbye to families who move to new homes or accept new job assignments, and the sadness we experience is combined with a sense of adventure and new possibilities ahead for them.
Now we say goodbye to our eighth graders. Many of us look at these tall – some very tall – people, and we see their three-year-old faces, noses running or tears flowing. We see them when they learned how to read real books, and we can still hear their squeaky voices saying “good morning” or “good afternoon”. We remember when they came for birthdays – with cupcakes that were smashed over to one side of the box because it was so big to carry around. We remember when they lost their teeth and came looking for M & M’s and stickers. We remember those moments when they discovered that numbers had to do with real life, and we remember when they got sassy or sad or sick. We remember the anxious moments waiting for high school letters – when we knew everything would be fine, but they definitely did not. We remember the campouts on the mountains, the songs they sang like angels, the ski trips, the Friday Masses, the field trips, the plays, the Quests and more. We don’t remember exactly when we came to love them – and we’re not quite sure when it was that they realized we thought they were smart and funny, and that we enjoyed being around them.
This is a good goodbye. These children have run a good race, and they are about to cross the finish line as winners – each and every one of them. We feel good about having helped them along the way. We will remind them to come back, and many of them will be back in the fall when they have their first day off. Some won’t get around to visiting right away, and it will get harder for them to drop in the longer they are away. Then one day, they will bump into us in the grocery store or on the street, and they’ll find out that we are always glad to see them – no matter how long it has been. We appreciate having been a part of their growing up stories, and we will always want to know about their victories and their struggles, because they are part of our stories, too.
“True friends don’t say goodbye forever, they just taken an extended leave of absence from one another.” Anon
“Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.” Kellior
24 Last day of class for eighth grade
25 Half-day, Dismissal at 12:10pm No after school care
26 NO SCHOOL
29 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
30 Field Day!!!!
Seventh Grade Manna Food Drive Begins
31 Eighth grade graduation practice and picture,9:00am in the church
Eighth grade luncheon in the Library Media Center, 11:30am
Eighth grade Award Ceremony in the gym, 1:00pm
Eighth grade Hall Walk, 2:30pm
1 Graduation Mass, 7:00pm, followed by reception in the gym
2 Fourth Quarter ends
Little Group and PreK last day.
Little Group and PreK end of year program, 9:30am
7 Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
8 Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
9 Last day of school, Awards Assembly, 11:00am
Dismissal at 12:10pm, NO AFTERCARE
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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