Sanford Mill on the Charles River, on a cloudy fall day.
Sanford Mill on the Charles River, on a cloudy fall day.
A nice distraction today, hung out at the Old Coots Tractor Pull in Medway today. Always a great event, with great people.
On a day of remembrance, I was asked to take some photos at Matondi Square in Medway. This morning I was with Chief (ret MPD) and Mrs. Saleski to meet with Medway High School Senior, Sreenidhi Ravipati as she placed tribute stones at the foot of the war memorials. Each stone was for Medway residents who have passed while serving the country. Below are Sreenidhi’s words about the project and those who helped her. Well done Sreenidhi.
Every year, 9/11 is a day to remember and honor who we lost. I was not alive at that time but I think that makes it even more important that I help remember. From my ambassador year, in 8th grade, and through all my alumni years in Project 351, until now, I have led a 9/11 tribute service. The weeks leading up, I collect wish list items for the Mass Military Heroes Fund and then on the day of 9/11, I go into Boston to join a couple other ambassadors and alumni to make care packages for our troops and veterans. This year, due to Covid, I was unable to lead our usual service but I still wanted to do something to honor this day. With Mr. Saleski’s help, I was able to get the names of our fallen heroes, military members who died while serving, and their branch of service. My friends and I then got together to make stones for each person. As I got to learn about a few, I was touched by their stories. Our town is filled with many amazing people and I am so incredibly grateful that I could help honor a few.
The friends who helped me were Molly Britton, Maisie Donohue, Rena Weafer, and Maevis Fahey. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without their help 🙂
What normally is a very busy weekend was quiet this year. I miss the events that were canceled, but it was a nice change of pace with perfect weather. Dogs enjoyed a walk on the Medway trails.
Weekly photo of the sunset.
Medway looking busy on a Saturday night.
Another sunset, another show.
10 am on August 2nd is not a normal time nor date for a High School graduation, but then it is 2020. Today was Medway High Schools’ turn. Incredible young adults, getting some closure to a chapter that had some extra pages. I am giving the rest of this space to the President of the Class of 2020, Sam Mckeown who I have had the privilege to get to know over the last couple of years. Here is his address to his fellow graduates, which he sent to me when I asked to share. It was delivered beautifully and the note to himself at the end I left it, for it might simply be the most perfect sentence to wrap of this year. Congratulations Class of 2020.
Well… This is it, I guess? –
First of all, I think it’s important to acknowledge that this is not a normal graduation, nor a normal year. None of us could have guessed we’d be graduating in August instead of June, let alone in the midst of a global pandemic. But here we are.
It’s also important to acknowledge that we lost something — that there are things we’d looked forward to for years that did not happen how we’d imagined them, if at all.
And it’s important to be okay with being sad, or upset, or angry, or really anything else over this very real loss.
I’ve tried to be optimistic and look on the bright side – I know I’ll try to be for the sake of this speech – but I haven’t always been able to keep it light. Just a warning in case this all goes south…
That being said, there definitely are a few things we can hope to take away from all this.
Our current reality has exposed societal issues we face, from Friends of Medway, to across our entire nation.
For instance, that government – in all its levels and forms – is important, and that poor governance can literally be life and death. So, in a generation where it is too easy – and often understandable – to feel apathetic; Please. Register. To. Vote.
Our current circumstances have exposed systemic issues of racism, inequality, and police violence, to voting being far too difficult, and Karens being way too aggressive towards essential workers. So shoutout to all the essential workers here today, including and especially our teachers, who don’t simply get days off, whether we’re in person or online.
Now, these are all very real and important issues, and our acknowledgment of and reaction to them will come to define our lives. I don’t have the solutions, I don’t think any-one person does, but at the very least we need to open our eyes to them. –
I also know we have each learned a lot personally in the past few months.
We have seen that we can be extremely adaptable, and grow to meet a changing world.
We’ve experienced the importance of personal connection, be it virtual, or face-to-face.
We’ve further realized the importance of the families and support structures that have aided us non-stop for the past eighteen years;
allowing us to fully thank them for everything they have done before we move onto our next phase of life, and to know how to build these structures of our own.
So, thanks, mom and dad.
And we’ve seen the importance of the friendships we’ve forged – be it your closest group, or the kids you talked to once a day at the start of each French class – in order to truly appreciate them before we separate.
Another thing I have thought a lot about recently has been nostalgia.
As some of you know, I’m a super nostalgic person. But, to be honest, I’ve been worried that we won’t be able to look back upon high school through those rose-colored glasses due to everything that has happened in the world around us.
It’s a weird thought, I know, to be worried about how I will remember this moment years off in the future, but I just can’t shake it.
But I really do think we’ll look back on all this fondly.
For one, I look back on elementary and middle school warmly, even though many of you bullied me, like, a lot.
I remember constantly feeling horrible for years, but when I look back, it’s mostly positive things that I remember, at least at the surface level, which I hope will translate to our current reality.
And even more than that, I think that the shared nature of all this makes this a unique opportunity for reflection. Every person, and especially every member of the Class of 2020, will have gone through similar circumstances.
And in that regard, I hope that this all ends up being something that brings us together, as a class, a community, and even something larger, to move forward into our world.
So thank you, class of 2020, and everyone else who brought us here.
And now, please welcome to the stage, Medway School Committee Chair, Mrs. Susan Dietrich.
Wipe down the podium
The show each night is unique.
I spent the last few weeks photographing Medway High School Seniors and their families in the backyard of the Ide House in Medway. Tonight was the last night, and I had a few minutes between a few students, so I sent the drone up figured the house deserved a photo too.
So at lunch, these dogs came to the park and jumped around. Thanks to Flying High Dogs.
Another “Small Planet” shot. This one is over the Charles River in Medway. The sun is higher on the horizon than yesterday’s. Better light, better clouds. I have gotten a few questions on the details of how it is done. Using my drone, I take 26 photos, all from the same location/height. Rotating the drone to overlap the images. I have a program that will stitch the images together. The key is a clear sky, clouds make a considerable difference, yesterday the sun was too low, so it was harsh light. I look forward to doing more—a matter of finding the right subject.