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The Call – Richard

June 1, 2011

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry

I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never
Been this way before

All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye

This song is actually a song, that I’ve been looking to use for quite some time. I first heard this song way back in 2008, and I was amazed by the message that it was painting, one of hope, not of sadness, as you step out from one part of your life forever, and into the future. Look to what the future, and not the past, holds for you.

I realize that yesterday was in-depth night, and most people probably expected an in-depth related post. I’m not going to write about in-depth because I believe that the Grade 10s are more important, and that we should honour them, for what they’ve helped us become.

The lyrics, and message of this song, tells a story, of a journey, from the beginning of TALONS, till now, and beyond.

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry

This tells of the journey through TALONS. From the moment you joined and accepted your place, you all believed that this is the right place for you, until the end, where your belief in this program has only become more cemented and more concrete. This symbolizes the progression of your belief, and your attachment to the program. It started off as a feeling that you belonged here, which turned into a hope that you are a true TALONS. That turned into a thought, a belief in TALONS, and an attachment. From there, that thought swelled to a voice, a voice proclaiming louder and louder that you love TALONS, and that you are in this together with everyone else.

“Just because everything’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never
Been this way before”

Just because in the last two years you’ve grown to be accustomed to TALONS, and now moving into a new place, back to “Normal Society” may be slightly unnerving, or even if this thought turns your world upside down, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t been there before. It doesn’t mean that you should be scared, or nervous of what is to come, you’ve been outside of TALONS before. We all believe that just because you’re going back to non-TALONS life, you won’t be unsuccessful.  We believe in you guys, in fact most of us were Born This Way, into Normal Society.

“All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war”

War represents the clash between what you now are, and what you believe in , compared to those who are not yet enlightened, those who haven’t seen as deep as you have. But, remember this always, your peers will always be your friends and will always be there for you.

“Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light”

When you are in the darkest parts of your life, follow that star, follow that only light in the stark night, and you’ll come out stronger than before. This is what TALONS is, a safe place for you to fall down and get up again, a place for you to take risks that may lead to many problems, but we’ll always get over the walls. Follow the light beyond TALONS, and you will too keep climbing over the hills, and the obstacles, that is part of a game called life.

“I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye”

There is no need to say goodbye to TALONS, come back and visit us next year and we’ll always welcome you with open arms. Even if you don’t, in the past year you have left part of your spirit in our hearts, and you’ll be with us, always and forever. No need to say goodbye.

“The Call” by Regina Spektor, is the song, I remember sitting in the theater, watching “Narnia: Prince Caspian” and in the scene where the Pevensies have to go back to London, I heard this song playing in the background, and I thought that it was so appropriate, and beautiful. Susan and Peter were never to come back to Narnia again, but there is no need to say goodbye, for Once a King or Queen of Narnia, always a King or Queen of Narnia; Once a Narnia, always a Narnia. So Grade 10s, Once a TALONS always a TALONS.

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