Matt Eddy

Auld Lang Syne

Blog Post created by Matt Eddy on Dec 21, 2011

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?


For auld lang syne, my jo (or my dear),
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


Burns’ original Scots verse

Another semester closed … almost.  As we wrap things up here and try to tie a nice bow on it, I can’t help but reflect on the year(s) and reminisce about years gone by.  It also probably doesn’t help that old students like to stop by this time of year and visit a bit or sometimes longer.  By far and large, if you can stay in this game long enough… those are the best visits I think that an Ag Teacher… or any teacher can get.  Even if they just want to fill out an American FFA Degree application. ;-)


I went back thru the archives and picked up some pictures from years gone by… a trip down memory lane if you will.  It’s probably a good time of year to take stock and re-orient for the new semester.  I hope the best of your past is the worst of your future. (and I re-learn that when I stay behind the camera, I'm not in front of the camera... sneaky kids got me a couple times over the years).


National Convention 2007 14.jpg

Rule #1 - Don't let the kids have the camera...

An Sci - Injection banana 6.jpg

Zach is now stationed with the Coast Guard in Kodiak, Alaska.  I hope I never require his services, but would be dang glad to see it was him coming to my aid.  A kid you felt privileged to teach.  And the more I reflect on years gone by, and these pictures -- a very large majority of my past students fall into that category. Even including a few who probably wouldn't think that they belonged in it.

Jim and Taylor - Champ Res.jpg

Taylor and Jim: I seldom ever saw one without the other... even in the show ring.

Nat Con group 2.jpg

My First trip to National Convention at SE Polk (and the inception of digital photography for our chapter).  A super group to get me broke in right. ;-)

NWSS Meats Team Photo 1.jpg

National Western Meats team - I just drove the bus... literally.  This bunch was a group of go-getters.  Huge futures ahead, each one of them.

An Sci Chicken 06.jpg

Animal Science hatching chicks -- as big of a PR hit as I have ever had.  Remarkable how excited kids were ... and they weren't even my students!

2007 Spring District Trap 15.jpg

Once again, don't let the kids have the camera...

FFA 2008 Test Plot 33.jpgFFA 2008 Test Plot 48.jpg

My first, and to date, only chapter test plot.  And true to their motto, FC and Kent made it happen. "Together we CAN".

Rocky Mountian Oysters 07.jpg

Students preparing Rocky Mountain Oysters.

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And I found some time while at State Convention to show them my favorite haunt in college.  Memorial Union Rec room. 


I hope that this holiday treats you well; you and yours are healthy and close this holiday season. 

And for the record, I’ll take another cup o’ kindness yet… for auld lang syne.

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