Holding the Key

Men of McCallie,

I hope you had a great summer!

What will you do with the opportunity that is in front of you?

I always looked forward to my school’s fall carnival every year. Each classroom had some sort of activity or game to play. For a few pennies, one could enter the cake walk, tour the haunted house, go the sock hop, etc. The sock hop room was pretty special because, you just might be able to get your girlfriend to go with you behind Mrs. Cadek’s upright piano and plant a kiss on you. It never happened (for) me, but of course, I pretended it did every year.

When I was in the third grade they added a new activity to the carnival: The Fortune Teller. I am pretty sure it was the assistant librarian dressed up like a typical soothsayer. But it was still exciting. As I nervously placed my hand in hers, she asked me several questions which had to be answered immediately without much thought. I can only remember one of the questions she asked me that night:

“You are holding a key. Do you keep it or throw it away?”

I quickly replied, “Throw it away.” I mean what is one going to do with an old key that opens nothing?

I was mortified. Would I ever be able to overcome this quick, ill advised decision? What would come of me if I had thrown away my one opportunity in life?

As she continued to read my fortune, she glared at me and said with disdain:

“That was the key to opportunity. You threw it away.”

I was mortified. Would I ever be able to overcome this quick, ill advised decision? What would come of me if I had thrown away my one opportunity in life? Fortunately for me, the assistant librarian’s prognostication did not come true.

Men, what will you do with the opportunities this school year brings? The possibilities in front of you are seemingly endless. Seniors, I hope you have already set goals for what will be one of the most memorable ten months of your life. I urge to make the best of every day. You will be glad you did when you walk across the stage, receive your diploma, and shake Dr. Walker’s hand. I am looking forward to watching you seize and maximize your opportunities.

Men, please know that you can come by my office any time if you need help, have a question, or just want to visit. I am looking forward to getting to know the new guys and reconnecting with you “old” dudes.

With anticipation,
Dean Sholl

Tags: A Word to the Wise First Person goals mccallie opportunities start of school summer Upper School Life

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