A valediction?

I’ve been asked to write a valedictory speech for my cousin, who is graduating at the top of his sixth grade class this week, I believe. This address will be delivered to parents, teachers and other sixth graders, so it needs to be about self-discovery and the joys of learning and, yes, world peace.

I was going to insert a quote from some famous literary or academic figure the kids have never heard of, but I have neither the time nor the patience to hunt down a suitable quote.

I suck at speeches. I’m glad I’ve never had to give one.


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