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GRADUATION ~ A Father's Conversation

Updated on April 24, 2012

Father and son at graduation

April Poetry Month Poem 26

My Son,

In just a few weeks

you will walk

across a stage

in a ceremony

that marks a reality.

You are graduating!

Your next step in life.

Practice is over.

Game on!

I ask myself,

did I convey lessons

along the way

as we walked and talked?

As we laughed and played?

I hope somewhere along the way

I somehow passed a portion of

wisdom into your hands.

Life is mostly about choices

that you make. They matter.

Disappointments will happen,

but victories will come.

Beware of the fork in the road

those choices will become

your destiny.

Some people would like to be 18 again.

Thinking of things they would do over.

Relationships, habits, choices, words.

But we only get to be 18 once.

We don’t pass this way again.

It’s up to you the path you follow. Your mother and I will love you either way. Remember the lessons you have learned. Do not buy or sell your character. Be kind and respectful of those who teach you. Seek truth in your relationships. Sooner than you think, you will be looking back at the roads traveled and choices that marked your life.

Keep God in the equasion.

His grace will enable you

to embrace the right path

guide your steps

and be a lamp for your feet.

Read the letters from above

contained in Proverbs.

Source of all truth.


These words are exerpts from from a letter that my pastor, Willie Rice wrote to his son. To see full message

His blog:


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      Media Magnate Mom 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Amazingly written. Beautiful and voted up!

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      Wow. Such greatness.

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      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      joyce, thank you again.

      teaches, thank you so much. It would be good to tuck this into a card (with 100.00) that way, I would know he would read every word. ha ha.

      mckbird, my pastor is full of bible's wisdom. I enjoy him very much. Thanks for stopping by.

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      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      jamie, you have a treat ahead of you watching your son grow.

      Michael, thank you.

      Lipnancy, what can I say. I hope I can live up to your expectations. Thank you for you support. Ann

      Tallulah, it does mark a milestone. I remember my son's very well. It was a memorable time for all of us. It also meant he was moving out. lol.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      7 years ago from Reno NV

      I think about when my son hits this great milestone everyday, which means I will be thinking about his graduation for the 12 years! Jamie

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      7 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      ann, you never fail to come up with something different and inspiring, thanks for sharing , my sweet.

      Love ya


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      Nancy Yager 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Beautiful poem. If he is anything like you.... he will do great things in his future.

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      7 years ago from SW France

      Takes me right back to my eldest son's graduation, so thanks for the trip down memory lane! Great writing!

    • mckbirdbks profile image


      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Wisdom arrives in all shapes and forms. These words are filled with wisdom.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Teaches has a good idea about putting this into your son's graduation card.

      Love readign this poem. Voted up awesome and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      This is touching and makes me want to cry. Lovely advice, especially your pastor's letter. Thanks for sharing. This would be a great poem to tuck into a son's graduation card this year.


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