Graduations are a great time to celebrate your achievements, big and small, while sharing your individual story and thanking those that have influenced your story over the years.
The random memories that stick out in our minds of times gone by have always intrigued me. I was 5 years old at the time, just starting Kindergarten. She was in high school and was the epitome of everything I wanted to someday be. I can still see her - with her light brown pony tail, tied up with a ribbon, blowing in the wind as our school bus rolled along. I don't remember her name, but she was always smiling and seemed to have everything in the palm of her hand. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I'm sure she would never remember me, but she made an impact on my life. Throughout that year she became my friend, and someone I looked up to.
After school let out that May I never saw her again. I assume she graduated. It's hard to believe though that at five years old she had me contemplating who I wanted to be and probably never even realized it. I can remember counting forward through the years and saying, "WOW, 2008... that's so far away. I will be a Senior in high school then, just like her."
2008 quickly came and went and here I stand, in 2013, holding my college degree. I always thought that only old people asked 'where does the time go' but recently I find myself asking that very question and I'm not quite ready to consider myself old.
Where DOES All of the Time Go?
Reaching graduation day is an accomplishment in itself. It's important to also remember all of those short term goals and achievements that came together in order for that day to be possible though. In celebrating the final degree I thought it would also be great to celebrate all of the small moments and goals that were achieved along the way. I cleared off our mantel as my Mom scoured the house for signs of my accomplishments throughout the years. The end result, a Time Capsule Mantel celebrating my life since my pre-school years. It's easy, CHEAP, and makes a great backdrop for your graduation festivities.
Here's what you'll need:
A Mantel or Long Shelf
A Graduation Banner (DIY Instructions HERE)
and an Assortment of the Following Mementos:
Trophies, Medals and Awards
Previous Diplomas Earned (Pre-School, Kindergarten, High School... etc.)
Favorite Books (ex. Oh, The Places You'll Go!)
Textbooks With Special Meaning (ex. Are you PROUD of Passing the Calculus AP Exam?)
An Old Alarm Clock that Woke You Up Every Morning for School
Once you have gathered your mementos have fun with them. Arrange them to tell a story, and be prepared to share that story. The items you choose will more than likely be conversation starters at your graduation party. Talk about them all. Share your accomplishments. This is a big day and it's YOUR day! Celebrate it!