The Wisest Owls

We had Grandparent’s and Special Friends Day today at The Woods. A rainy day could not dampen the mood. My remarks from the day….

Welcome to our Annual Grandparent’s and Special Friends Day. This is our 29th year of hosting this event and we have over 250 special guests today, representing many states and countries with thousands of miles of travel to be here. We are so grateful for you coming today.

As you may know, the mascot of The Woods Academy is the Mighty Owl. The owl is watching us today in the gym, from just over the stands. Each year we have a theme for this day and our theme today is, “Grandparents are the wisest owls.” The owl is known for its wisdom and the collective wisdom in this room today could be published in a 12 volume book if we wrote it all down.

Our grandparents have “lived” and “learned” throughout their lives and have blessed us with the wisdom that comes with that experience. Learning is empty without experience and experience is empty without sharing. Our grandparents and special friends have so much to share. You all were so kind to share some of your wisdom prior to this event and we have displayed it in the halls and given copies to the children. One might argue this will be the greatest day for learning here at The Woods this year. So boys and girls, please make sure you listen extra hard today.

I would like to share some of the wisdom that our grandparents and special friends wrote:

“Always work as hard as you can. Pray as hard as you can. Leave the rest to God”

“Helping other people makes you happy.”

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”

“Knowledge is Power”

“Always listen and remember those magic words, please and thank you. And, stay as sweet as you are today.”

“Always remember that love conquers all things.”

The wisdom shared here today is just a smidgeon of what our wisest owls have to offer us. I was recently sent a great article from a parent about Clint Hurdle, the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates made the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years and Clint Hurdle’s story is a neat one. In his office he has a framed copy of a quote from John Lennon that reads:

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

Our grandparents understand life and it is evident in their advice. Life is what they have lived and it is their life that we should learn from. We are blessed to have all of our grandparents, present here today and those unable to attend. Thank you all and God bless you for the happiness you bring to our lives and for your infinite wisdom.

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