“Your life is your story and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential” – Mrs. Countryman
I have something I wanted to share with you regarding this, but I’m not sure how it would be incorporated (if it could be at all that is). My neighbor moved last October. He’s 92 and was born and raised in Palatine Bridge. He would have graduated in the class of 1946 had his family not moved to Hingham, MA for his final two years of high school (his father worked in a foundry during WWII). Anyway, he leaned a student newsletter from 1943 that he had in his possession. I transcribed the opening statement a while back. I’ll share it with you now. Let me know what you think.
On graduation day, 1943, the Seniors of Canajoharie High will open the door to the world. As they step over the threshold, they will notice that the world is not the beautiful garden it was a few years ago. Many things have happened to our precious World. It has been shattered by maniacs who have tried to catch it as one seeks to capture an elixir, but just as with the elixir, so with their diabolical schemes–it can’t be done! The Seniors of 1943 realize that they have to do much in the ensuing years to rebuild these nations at war, bit by bit. As the young men and women of the succeeding generation, they will have a large part in the establishing of just values for the World. To you, Seniors, we, the undergraduates of Canajoharie High, extend best wishes for years to come. Don’t forget your Alma Mater! -farewell address to the Canajoharie class of 1943, June 1943.
You are the author of your own life story. You may make mistakes along the way, however, learn from those mistakes. Don’t let them define you. Allow others to guide you as needed. Live your life to express who you are and what you believe in, not to impress others. Every day of your life is a page in your book. May you have many healthy pages. Create chapters with a rich text filled with respectful character, happiness, journeys, and success. Create your life story! Mrs. Lori Schaffer, 8th Grade English Teacher