WE OFTEN organise breakfast birthday celebrations these days as our friends all seem to live busy lives, whether working in paid positions or unpaid volunteer work.
As we sat with friends recently doing just that, in came a group of beautiful young people, both guys and girls, looking and sounding happy just to be sharing time with their mates.
It was great fun watching them greet each other.
Quite astonishing to watch the agility they display, juggling the mini iPad
It was soon obvious they were preparing to say goodbye to school days as they celebrated a mate’s 18th.
In fact, this Thursday as you read this column, the VCE’ers will be painting the town red...a little, before settling down to the last few weeks of their studies before their final exams.
These terrific young people are so impressive, so courageous, because as many of you would know, VCE is a long haul.
They have family and friends watching from the corners of their eyes – grandparents as well as parents, siblings, other relatives, neighbours.
Sometimes it probably feels like the whole world is watching as they gallop down towards the finishing post.
The teachers have done their job, now it is the turn of the students to face the final VCE challenge.
While they eat their breakfast and chatter away without drawing breath they are multi-tasking with the mobiles. Quite astonishing to watch the agility they display, juggling the mini iPad at the same time.
I fumble away texting with one slow finger over those ridiculous tiny letters on my mobile, while they are deftly sending message after message with ease and skill.
They are smart, this newest generation. Is it the X the Y or the Zeds? I can never remember which one we are up to.
They are all so adept at all the changes that are happening with computers, they never ask how or why, they just do it!
The VCE students today have had the advantage of access to a world of information, literally, for their studies.
They are already much broader in their knowledge and understanding of this world than we ever were.
They are very willing to bring up a range of topics they are interested in and concerned about, and confidently argumentative!
They are generous in their support of each other. It is a kind generation.
Just ‘be around’ as they settle in to some final intense cramming.
Drop a coffee on their desk, and let’s all give them a communal hug, just to show how terrific we think they are.
My best wishes to them all.
Editor's note: Annie Young joined the Bendigo Advertiser as our Thursday columnist last week. This week we introduce a name for her column - Young At Heart. Annie has a passion for writing and a great outlook on life. We think that will shine through each Thursday. Enjoy.