Call me sentimental but when my son brought home a single bedraggled marigold in a dixie cup from first grade, I let it go to seed and have now harvested and planted it over and over for the past 11 years. So now on my back porch I have a small army of seedlings that I call “Henry’s Marigolds,” ready to be transplanted into my garden.
The yearly planting and harvesting of the seeds connects me to my son – my hopes and aspirations for him. It also brings back a memory of my own father who loved to grow marigolds and did the very same thing as a yearly ritual. My seeds though, directly connect me to the school years and now my son will be graduating from Warwick Valley High School this coming Saturday. Just days after Father’s Day, I can’t help but feeling proud of my son’s accomplishments along the way and I look forward to his future. Funny how a little flower in a paper cup has threaded this time in our lives. I’ll continue Henry’s Marigolds as a gesture of love and as a connection; as life will surely take him many places far from home.
Congratulations to all our Warwick Class of 2018 graduates. The future in all its complexity and wonder lies ahead.
Summer Fun Begins!
This is a wonderful time of year – concerts, celebrations and above all, the annual Fireman’s Carnival and Fireworks. The is ongoing through Sat., Jun. 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. The fireworks are on Sat., Jun. 23 at 10 p.m., with a rain date of Sun., Jun. 24. Wristbands at $20 allow you to ride all night for one price!
Cemetery to be Rededicated
This Sun., Jun. 24 at 1:30 p.m. there will be a rededication of the Temple Beth Shalom Cemetery, located on Spanktown Rd. This is part of the circle of healing after the desecration of the cemetery in 2016. The public is welcome.
The above column, written by Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, has been published in the June 20 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.