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Originally published: 2013-06-10 11:32:11
Last modified: 2013-06-10 11:32:56

Our View: Oh, the places you've been

Since its publication in 1990, Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go" has been a top pick among gifts to graduating seniors. Each spring, sales of this short work spike, selling almost 300,000 copies.
And now is certainly a good time for a graduating senior to think, plan and dream about the places you will go.

Yet, it's also a good time to think about the places you've been.

For the past 13 years, you've been in school -- but what does that mean?

For most of your life, being in school meant that you've lived under the direction and influence of others: parents, teachers, mentors, relatives and friends.

It also means you've visited safe and happy places -- home, classrooms and times spent with friends.

You've also visited scary places -- new schools, first loves and times spent with friends who weren't always so friendly.

During that time, you've been around the block: first on your tricycle, and then in a motorized vehicle.

You've been around the block in other ways, too -- and from all of these trips, you've learned a lot.
But have you learned that the places you've been are as important as the places you'll go?

They are. After all -- and stay with us here, although the logic might remind you of Algebra II -- the places you go will someday be the places you've been.

And to get where you want to be in the end, at the time when you find yourself presenting a graduating senior with a copy of Dr. Seuss' seminal work -- you will have had to make good choices, to have pried yourself a time or two from the "Waiting Place," and to have learned that the journey is as important as the destination if you want to arrive at where your dreams can take you.
Congratulations, Watauga High School graduating class.

Wonderful places await your arrival.