And now a word from the Waverly Academy Class of 2009 valedictorian, Mr. Chompers:
Ladies and gentlemen, as we stand together on the precipice of adulthood, gazing out at the many years of responsibility yet before us, we face many challenges. There's college, of course, and then a career and family. But the greatest challenge is maintaining and cultivating the practice of quiet reflection in the midst of the hectic nature of daily life. In light of this, I have but one piece of advice for you on this, the inauguration of your new life:
Seize the day. Seize it with your teeth and claws.
The precious moments like this, the most important day of your young life, are all too fleeting. Before you know it, the summer will be over, and your first college semester or day at work will begin. Months, maybe years will flash by and you won't have a clue where they went. So always remember to take a deep breath and look around you, I mean really take it all in. And then plunge your long, yellow fangs into the day's neck, and bite hard until you taste the sweetness of its lifeblood.
Maybe give it a shake or two, snap its spine, make sure you really got it.
And I know, it's not always so easy to appreciate the small quite moments that make up the journey. Life can be so agile, always evading capture. So let me share with you some practical tips. Hide yourself around the corner from the day, pupils wide and back hunches lifted. Shift your weight around until you've got yourself in a comfortable stance. Now be still. Very still. Every muscle in your body should be tensed, poised to pounce. And then launch yourself at the day, full force. Take it down with your front claws, then immediately roll on your back while gouging it furiously with your back claws. I personally find this is the single most effective way to render the day limp and pliable, able to be carried around in your mouth and maybe dropped on the doorstep of a loved one.
We all still have a lot to learn. In fact our education never ends. Every single day offers us something that can enrich and deepen our existence, if only we take the time. To acknowledge it. To receive it. And to tear it limb from limb in a blood-drenched ballet of gore and carnage.
Thank you, and good luck to you all. Now, I don't know about you guys, but I'm ready to get some catnip and PARRRRRRTY! WHOOO-HOO! SPARTANS RULE!