This weekend high schools throughout East Texas and colleges throughout our nation will hold commencement ceremonies, as yet another graduating class prepares to take their talents to the next level in education, vocation, and life itself.
Hoping to cheer him up with a little self-deprecating humor, I mentioned that it had been well over 6,000 days since I last participated in varsity athletics for OHS and it was still something I missed.
The only consolation I could offer at the time was: “it gets better” and indeed it does.
A few days later senior Christopher Harris sprinted his way to a Top 5 finish in the UIL State Meet in Austin. While two gold medals were no doubt his goal, Harris did his town, his school, and himself proud by running among the very best in our great state.
I stopped by the county this morning and passed through the metal detectors installed at the front entrance. Into a plastic bucket I placed my phone, some spare change, and my keys before walking through the machine.
Upon proving to the deputies posted nearby that I was not concealing anything, I gathered my sundries and continued on my way.
“Excuse me,” one deputy said, stepping in my way, “you’re going to have to check that here.”
My keychain, consisting of a half dozen keys and a full-sized Swiss Army knife, would have to stay with the fine deputies of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office while I handled my business in the courthouse.
Fair enough, after all, if men were angels no laws would be necessary.
A minister friend of mine contacted me earlier this month because he was concerned about something I’d written and wanted to better understand my point of view. It seemed to him that I was endorsing an idea that runs counter to what I profess to believe as a Christian.
We talked it out over lunch man-to-man and eye-to-eye, and I was able to clarify his confusion while also gaining an invaluable insight as to how I had neglected to communicate myself clearly.
It was good.
Immigration is a hot button issue of the day, nowhere more than in this great state of ours.