Line Roy Commentary: Advice for New Graduates — Lay Down Roots, Use Your Wings

By Line Roy
Posted 6/21/22

A friend of mine posted on his Facebook page the other day this quote with pictures of his two adorable kiddos: “There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children. One of these is …

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Line Roy Commentary: Advice for New Graduates — Lay Down Roots, Use Your Wings

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A friend of mine posted on his Facebook page the other day this quote with pictures of his two adorable kiddos: “There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children. One of these is roots … the other, wings.” This quote, attributed to Henry Ward Beecher, got me thinking about this year’s graduating class of seniors. 

I hope that our seniors have roots. I hope they know they can always come back. I hope they know that this community is cheering for them. I know that our community poured everything into our graduates. I know they didn’t have the normal high school experience, but I hope they took full advantage of what they were given. I hope they spread their wings. 

I think back to my own graduation, a — ahem — number of years ago. It was a class of a couple dozen graduates, in a town of about 300. I know that my teachers, school staff and community gave everything they could to make sure that we were all given opportunities to succeed. When I make that drive back home, when I see the Sweetgrass hills that greet me, I’m grateful for my roots. But I’m even more grateful for the gift of wings, the wings that brought me here to this place where I was able to set up new roots.



And now, right after your graduation, I leave you with this one piece of advice for your future: You have roots. Don’t be afraid to go back to them. But don’t be afraid to use your wings, too. Set your goals, work toward them, and lay down roots somewhere new.

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Line Roy is the executive director of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce.

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