Delivered at Baccalaureate Service, Williston Northampton School
May 28, 2016
By Sideya Dill ’16
Like a vapor in the wind
Or the falling of a leaf
Like snow hitting your skin
So many moments are so brief
Some would say it felt like it all started an eternity ago
Some would say it feels like it all started yesterday
Some would say that time here has gone by so slow
But it all went too fast is what others would say.
But here we are about to transition out of this phase of our lives
Here we are trying to figure out what comes next
Trying to piece together how to keep these Williston memories alive
Trying to remember not to forget.
There was that time skated on or swam in the pond
That time we got kicked out of the library
That time we got an email and decided not to respond
And that time that we had too many packages to carry.
When we nailed it in the dance concert
When we painted something beautiful
When the dining hall had that good dessert
Or that thing that time that wasn’t really chewable.
Having gone to our favorite classes
Or having gave the victory bell a ring
In the winter, having smelled the molasses
Or relaxed on the quad in the beautiful spring.
Beating Suffield or really any other school
Hanging with our best friends every day
Going to get mount toms ice cream to keep cool
Or hiking out to Galbraith because we had games to play.
Having fun going to Willy Gras each spring
Heading to the theater to watch a production
Going to assembly and being forced to sing
Playing games on the surface then realizing you missed the instruction.
Being excited and somewhat sad on Senior days
Sitting in the dining hall too long on weekend nights
Clearing the boards to put up new art displays
Or getting ready to play on Sawyer under the lights.
Doing fun things or sleeping on the weekends
Parking in the day student lot
Filling out white sheets to go off with friends
Or running to check in because you forgot!
Acing that test you studied hard for
Making honors and feeling proud
Painting the lion a whole new color
Or winning big in front of a Williston crowd.
So slow down and take time to fill yourself with sweet memories
They say the older you get the quicker time will pass
And if you think that to not be true, you better believe
Because tomorrow we will be the graduating class.
Many of these memories cannot be repeated and this I will bet
So take some time to stop and remember all the things you don’t want to forget.