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- Graduation banner , 04-17-2009 12:41 AM

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I'm trying to find a quote, phrase or saying to put on my son's graduation banner. Something profound, maybe funny, meaningful, etc and I'm coming up short. So, I thought I'd put it out to all of you for suggestions. My son has struggled with school (special needs/aspergers) but has successfully completed high school and this is a big deal since we were told that he would never reach this goal.

Some ideas I've come up with are: "Mission Accomplished. Time for you to fly." "You did it!" (lame - lol) "Run, Forrest, Run" "It is finished"
"We are so proud of you" "Spread you wings and fly". Something biblical would be nice, too.

Any ideas?? Thanks!

RE: - Graduation banner , 04-17-2009 11:02 AM

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Hi tweety -- kudos to your son and your family on such a wonderful accomplishment! Isn't it great to prove the naysayers wrong?

This is too long to fit on a banner, but it is one of my favorite poems -- I'm sure you've seen it -- it's by Rudyard Kipling. I send it to your son with heartiest congratulations!


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling
RE: - Graduation banner , 04-17-2009 11:50 AM

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Thank you, Luvdogs! I love it.


RE: - Graduation banner , 04-17-2009 01:02 PM

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Tweety, congrats on your son doing so well. My great nephew has just been diagnosed with aspergers. I am glad to know he will be able to have some major accomplishments. Of course, I will have to do some reading and research to make sure that I understand everything.

The poem that Luvdogs left you is very appropriate. You should use a very nice print type and put it on a pretty piece of paper or paper with the background of his graduation picture and have it framed for him. Or have someone do it in caligraphy on a piece of parchment and then frame it. I am sure he would love to have it far down the road.

Another thing you can do is this. When DD graduated from HS in 1999, I took freezer paper and had all of her classmates, friends and relatives write a note to her on it.(use markers) They could put anything they wanted. A memory, a picture, phone numbers and addresses, dreams, etc. She thought it was for another classmate and signed it herself. We hung it on the porch on the day of her graduation and party. She was very surprised. She still has it. It is folded up and put in a box with other mementos. She is very sentimental and loves her "precious" things. I think he would love that type of banner.

Hugs to you and let us know what you decide.