I was sitting here recuperating from an extremely busy week, when I happened to see my copy of the paper. I was settling down to read the news when I noticed the deadline was today. So here it is 10:00pm and instead of heading for bed, I am typing my column.We had the teacher luncheon here today. I wish I could say my house was perfectly tidy, but it wasn’t. Not that I think any of my colleagues would complain. I work with a marvelous bunch of people. This is the 6th year that I have hosted the last day luncheon. The credit goes to Bro, Barry and the ladies of the First Baptist Church. They lavish us with the most delicious array of mouth watering food you could ever imagine. Although it is busy, the sound of laughter and conversation makes my heart happy and my home feel loved. Kathy Brockman, Billie Behrens and Maxine Robbins came over early and helped me get everything ready. Thank you everyone for making this a special day.Parents and extended family packed the First Baptist Church Friday night to view the graduation ceremony for the 2012 class. We are extremely proud of our graduates. I noticed quite a few of last year’s alumni in the crowd. I wish the church was this packed every Sunday, but I enjoyed the fullness even for this short time. The juniors looked very spiffy in their black suits and shirts. There were many emotional speeches given by the graduates. No matter how glad you are to get school finished, the actual time of parting tugs at the heartstrings. I won’t even mention all the moms who wept unashamedly. Kensie Green gave a very personal Salutatorian speech, addressing each of her friends individually. Valedictorian Sara Hedley, as befits the 3rd place state champion in debate, gave a beautiful and challenging speech. This polished young lady had her speech totally memorized and looked every inch the champion that she is. May God bless each and every one of you as you start the next chapter in your book of life.Good luck to all the teachers and aides who are moving on to other pastures. Heather Slater is changing her career path and becoming a physical therapist. Candi Lewis is pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse. Our sweet Susan Luna is retiring and headed back to Colorado. Miss Lauder-milk is taking time to decide whether she will move back to Abilene or head out to Alaska and teach there. Teaching runs deep in her bloodlines, so she is moving towns but not career fields. Mr. Sloan is transferring to another teaching position. We wish everyone a successful move.I am going to take the next couple of weeks to work with Glen on his leash skills. Right now he has no leash skills. We have been nursing him all week. He cut the pad on his back foot and has been limping around. To keep from opening up the cut, he has been tied in the front yard. Consequently, now that he is better, he is full of pent up energy! I shall have to wear him out a little before I put the leash on him. I can’t figure out why he is so good off leash, but the moment that leash goes on he becomes some raving maniac! He is so strong now that holding him back puts a severe strain on my wrist! I keep reading about an abundance of snakes in the area. I hope they stay away from here, because I can’t see me taking one away from him.I have to be up early since we have school meetings in the morning, so I’m closing this down. I hope everyone is doing their homework about the upcoming elections. That is our part of the republic process. We the people must educate ourselves and vote for the good of the country. Please pray for our President, our legislators and our elections. Please God, help us make the right choices.God bless America and may God please watch over our precious troops and their families. Remember our soldiers this Memorial Day, and thank them for sacrificing so much of us. Have a great week everyone, watch out for kids playing near the roads.