When I visited Greenville, S.C. last November, I was surprised to see the number of cars with tiger tails hanging out of the trunks. The first one I saw was funny, but when more and more of them appeared, I had to ask what was with all the tiger tails. I soon learned that Clemson University’s mascot was a tiger so it all began to make sense.
I was born and bred in the Midwest, but have always had the heart of a Southern belle. That was not to be, so instead up here in Minnesota we have a gopher for the University’s mascot. When living in Wisconsin, our mascot was a badger. I guess our definition of strong and mighty is slightly different than in the south. I probably would have a different opinion if I ran into a badger or gopher who was threatened by my appearance.
This fall, my Grandson #2 is beginning his college career at Clemson. In his high school years, he had a penchant for all things Batman. In fact I even referred to myself as Batman’s grandma. The tiger paw has taken the place of Batman’s spotlight image, but the same inner spirit of this young man continues to grow. To all those entering college this year, may God be with you on this amazing journey. You’ll be learning many new things, hearing lots of different opinions than you’ve heard before, and learning how to manage on your own independently.
To those who are in your final year of college – Grandson #1 – may God give you confidence to finish this work you’ve begun and reach for the stars. You will make some lasting friendships this year. The changes that come, will allow you to make an imprint on our world. With God’s help, you will bring your many talents to it.
If you’re just entering high school – Granddaughter #1 – Things will start getting serious now. You are on your way to becoming an adult. It’s tough to give up childhood ways, but I know you can do it. I hope you never lose your youthful enthusiasm. God has blessed you with loving parents and grandparents who are anxious for you to succeed. May these be the best years of your life.
To all those attending school for the first time, this is your first chance to spread your wings. Do so with God as the wind beneath them. He will guide your ways and give you courage to do all things in His name.
So here’s to another school year. Prayers for all involved – students, teachers, parents, tutors, coaches. Let this be the best year ever.