Saturday, June 1, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Playground memory


Shadow Shot Sunday 2 brings us to Ansonia's nearby Prendergast School to a playground dedication in the honor of Catherine Hubbard, one of the Sandy Hook (CT) School killed last December. This playground, one of many planned in the NJ-NY-CT tri-state region, was built by  The Sandy Ground Project as Patti has written and blogged about recently.

In addition to the playground, a memorial garden was assembled for those whose lives were taken. Some parents from Newtown were there, and their grief was palpable. Yet, smiles emerged as the program, dedication, ribbon cut as the assembled students climbed the ramp and slid down the slide on their way back to their classrooms.

Catherine's mother Jennifer spoke and her eloquent talk offered hope to all as seen in some of her excerpts:"What Catherine expects all of us is to be kind...she went to a school where the principal said that 'all you have to do is be kind'...as you play on your new playground, remember if there is something in your heart you want to say to someone - say it, because you don't know what tomorrow will bring" So true...we feel hopeful as through the kindness of so many, the dreams and hopes of these children continue to live on

12 comments:

Norma Ruttan said...

what a marvelous tribute!

robin. said...

thanks so much for sharing this Ralph. the good in the world will continue to shine...even if it's only one light at a time.

Chubby Chieque said...

Awww... that's really heartbreaking. So young, so soon.

This is an absolutely a nice tribute in his memory.

Love the plans.

Have a nice w/end, bro as well Mrs. P.

Greetings from D´Box.
/CC girl

Sophie A said...

Nice shadow shot.

Thanks for the visit.

Kathe W. said...

Ralph- thank you for these photos and story about Catherine "just be kind".
Have a wonderful day.

colleen said...

Here words resonate. I love the butterflies. My husband's sister lives in Newtown.

Dimple said...

There is so much tragedy in these days, it is a good thing to be able to bring something positive from it.
I love the flowers and butterfly shadows!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Thank you for sharing this memorial site, Ralph. Unless we remember the victims in tangible ways, such tragedies will happen again and again.

Pine Shadows

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a wonderful idea for keeping the memory alive in a positive way! It looks beautiful!

MyMaracas said...

This is such a touching post and tribute. It reminds us that the light shines, eventually, through even the darkest storm.

Catherine said...

a very moving memorial and tribute - and the shadows enhance that...

toby said...

That is indeed the perfect tribute - what a moving post! You need to warn people at the top that they'll be tearing up by the end :)