They are gone. Most of them, anyway. Some will come around school from time to time and others will be passed along life's way. But most of them will now move on to new pursuits and adventures. Some will experience profound success, others terrible sadness and pain. The vast majority will live ordinary lives, marry, have children, work a job, build a home. It's the way the human race has always existed and will, for the most part, continue to exist.
I hope that even in some small way I have been able to help prepare them for what comes next. The unknown.
There departure leaves a hole in my life. Yes, a new senior class will come along to take their place. But will they? This was an extraordinary class. And just like that, they're gone.