Dear Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020

Your road has been hard
Dear Class of 2020
Full of hardships galore
And potholes a’plenty

You started this life
During our country’s hardest hours
Just months after the fall of
Our mighty Twin Towers

Clear bookbags at school
and security checks abound
Became your reality
And the norm all around.

A nation torn apart
By politics and war
You saw how these things
Shook us all to the core.

But adversity is what shaped you
Into who you’ve grown to be
And what seems like forever now,
Is just a page out of your great story.

For one day you’ll look back
In this time in your life,
As you tell your own children
Of the struggle and strife.

Your teachers never got
To tell you goodbye
Y’all have missed out on so much
For that, I won’t lie.

But soon you’ll be off
On your very own,
After 18 short years,
You’re just about grown.

So relish this time
However long it may be
And soak up every minute
With your friends and family.

Despite what you’ve lost
This is truly a treasure
Notwithstanding being stripped
Of your senior year’s pleasure.

You’ve been gifted time
And a chance to just rest
Don’t waste a second
And you’ll pass this final test.

You’ll come out even stronger
There’s no doubt in my mind
More perceptive and grateful
Tenacious and kind.
You’ll forever be remembered
In all of history
As that class who endured
Just you wait and see.

So be bold and courageous
As you head out the door
You’ve got the world behind you
The love of family, friends and more.

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