Below is my own Class of 2014: all so different yet all so unique and fabulous in their own way! Wishing them all the best!!
Thanksgiving is the perfect time for traditions which is why I have decided to start a new one of my own. Last year on the day before Thanksgiving, I blogged about the seniors that had chosen me to help document their journey. Well I have decided to make that an annual thing. So this post is dedicated to the 22 members of the Class of 2014 that I took senior pictures for (just for the record, I did have one senior ask not to be included on my blog so there are only 21 pictures below). As I said last year, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do this because not only is senior picture season over but this is also a very special time of the year for seniors. There are many lasts during senior year: last first day of high school, last game as a high school athlete, last competition or halftime show with the high school marching band. But Thanksgiving, with all its rivalries and celebrations of classmates and seniors, probably represents one of the biggest and the one that may hit closest to home, mostly because it actually deals with home. Because with Thanksgiving comes possibly the biggest realization: this will most likely be the last year that they are living at home at Thanksgiving time. Next year, they will probably be coming home for Thanksgiving instead of being home for Thanksgiving. And that goes for school as well, I think that for some of them this is the week that they really start to realize, or maybe acknowledge, that next year they won't be a student any longer but instead an alumni. I want to wish all my seniors and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving day football games, powder puff, games, pep rallies, spirit walls, anything and everything that this week may hold. I am truly honored and thankful that I got to be a part of the journey.
Below is my own Class of 2014: all so different yet all so unique and fabulous in their own way! Wishing them all the best!!
A while back, I read an article about starting a photography business on Photography Concentrate (by the way, a fantastic website, really helpful and chock full of information). The article had more to it (most articles don't start at #15 after all) but I thought this was really relevant and I get this a lot so I really wanted to address it.
15. Value Your Time
"This is a lesson new photographers will hear coming at them from every direction. Charge for your time. Value it. But when you’re just getting started, you often do work for less than your ideal rate, or even for free, just to get the ball rolling. That’s cool, you gotta do what you gotta do to get your business running. But it’s easy to let that mindset stick around, even when you should be charging for all of the time you spend on your business.
We’ve been very bad at this for years. It’s a lesson that never really sunk in until we heard it put another way.
Your time is the ONLY thing in your life that you cannot get more of.
Please take a second to consider that. It’s really important, which is why it’s in bold AND italics. Even the richest dudes in the world cannot buy themselves more time. It is most valuable thing you will ever possess.
Once you really take that lesson to heart, you’ll find that the way you approach life changes. If someone wants your time, you think carefully about what you get in return. And whether it’s really worth it."
Totally valid, I could not agree more (and such a great website, check it out if you get a chance). Time is life's most precious commodity and it's so important not to undervalue yourself but.. Ha! C'mon how long have you known me, you knew that a but was coming. Anyway, the but is I don't agree with the insinuation that if you don't charge enough, then you are not valuing yourself enough. I value myself very highly (just ask my husband) but I don't necessarily have to put a specific dollar value on it. For me, and I can only speak for myself here, charging more than I am comfortable with would take away some of the fun for me, essentially it would remove some of, rather than add to, the value of it for me.
"I would rather feed my soul than my wallet." I'm pretty sure that I read that somewhere (shame on me for not remembering where) but it really struck a chord with me. My photography is my creative outlet, my way to share the way that I see the world with the world, one of the ways that I feed my soul. Personally, I think something like that is priceless. Therefore no matter what I charge, I will always be underselling the value of what it gives to me. With that in mind, I think that I'll continue to do things my own way and stick to where I'm comfortable.
Posts are always better with pictures so I added a random one here. Actually not totally random, this is my brother-in-law and his family. You may recognize the location, it is where I took Gennie's pictures and the Peers family. In exchange for his generosity in using his "backyard", I did some portraits of his family the last time I was down there. Pretty tough group to work with, huh? I am lucky enough to be going to their house for Thanksgiving in 2 days (2 days? what? how did that happen?), maybe I'll check out the bog to see if it will be good for December portraits. Anyone interested?
Whew, what an unbelievable, fun, full weekend we had this weekend. Crazy!!! It started right off on Friday night with the high school playoff game. A game that ended with SHS losing by a score of 14 - 12. But before it ended, it saw SHS put together a drive that almost gave them the victory. It included converting a 4th and 10,
a huge pass interference call,
before it ended with an interception and jubilation on the other side. The team carried themselves with a ton of dignity in the defeat and I am extremely proud to say that I'm a fan of this team. The playoffs may be over for these boys but the memories and the bond that they have made will last forever.
Then on Saturday, my husband and I got to get away for a night down to Patriots Place. We were down there to attend a surprise party that one of our friends threw for his wife. It was a total blast and not just because I got to hang out with this fabulous crew!!
She was completely surprised and I think that it is safe to say that she enjoyed the slideshow that her husband put together for her.
The party was so very much fun, her husband deserves major kudos for putting together the perfect gathering and pulling off the surprise!!
Then on Sunday morning (early Sunday morning like getting up at 5:45 early), my mom picked me up to go to my youngest daughter's gymnastics meet. She ended up placing 5th overall, a result that she was not too thrilled with but I thought was pretty good for her first away meet ever (she had a smaller meet at home the week before).
One good thing about the meet being so early is that we were home pretty early too, early enough so that I could take a nap in the afternoon to rest up for the Pats game last night. Good thing I did too, what a game that was!! Maybe the craziest game in the Manning/Brady era, just nuts. So much fun though!! Good thing this is a short week, I need a nice long weekend to recover from the madness of this one. Happy Monday!
So in honor of Thanksgiving being next week (how is it that it is so late this year and I am still shocked that it is already here??), I am featuring the Thanksgiving Song by Adam Sandler. When this song was on the radio in the car last year, I had the following exchange with my youngest daughter (I may have shared this last year but it is too funny not to share again, as a matter of fact, I may share this every year):
Shannon: What is this that we're listening to? I'm changing the station! (by the way, if your kids aren't in the front seat of the car yet, keep them out! Not only is it safer in the back, more importantly, they also can't touch the radio!)
Me: No, no, leave it, I like this song
Shannon: This, you like this? Really, you're being serious, you're not teasing me? Wait, does that mean that he is supposed to sound like this?
Me: Sound like what?
Shannon: So bad and out of tune
Me (laughing): Pretty much
I may be crazy but I think that might just sum up the reaction that Adam Sandler was going for.
Happy Friday, everyone!! It'll be a fun Friday for me, our high school football team is playing tonight for a chance to play in the state championship in 2 weeks at Gillette Stadium. My kids, my camera and I will be there rooting them on. Go Black Knights, win or lose, hold your heads high because you have been such a source of inspiration for the town (and so very much fun to watch !!)
I know, again with the before and afters but posts are just so much better with pictures. Funny story about both of these pics, first one, apparently I didn't realize that the remote would be in the picture?? Some photographer I am, huh? And the second one, the reason I look so apprehensive is that to take this picture I had to set the camera (the brand new, expensive camera) on a rock wall, set the timer (you know because that remote thing doesn't really work for me) and run across the street to take this.
Anyway, sorry that this post has been so long in coming but I found this piece of the weight loss puzzle much harder to write for some reason. Because it was so hard to organize, it's really more of a stream of consciousness thing, It probably won't make sense in the order that it is written but hopefully it will be helpful after reading the whole thing. One thing that I did know that was I didn't want to call this piece diet because I don't feel that I dieted, I feel that I made sustainable lifestyle changes, for me anyway.
I am going to start by telling you what I didn't do. I didn't eat one salad (not that there is anything wrong with salads, I am just not the hugest fan especially in the winter which is when I started), I didn't skip any meals (as a matter of fact, I didn't let myself get hungry and I feel like I ate more often than ever). With the exception of during Lent, I didn't stop drinking (I do stick to wine instead of beer these days and many nights find me having a glass of wine with dinner). I didn't ban anything completely except yeast which I am allergic to. I didn't deprive myself, I have at least one piece of dark chocolate every day and a cup of homemade hot chocolate every night in the colder months.
The yeast allergy was a huge piece of my weight loss but not really for the reasons one might think. I have a friend that likes to tease me by saying, "Well if I couldn't eat pizza and drink beer, I would lose a bunch of weight too". She especially likes to say this because she knows that it gets under my skin. The reason that it does is because it makes it seem like I didn't put any thought or work into this, which is just not true. I put a lot of thought into this. As a matter of fact, thinking about it was the most important thing that I did. I became a more mindful eater. But being allergic to yeast did help, it helped make it really easy to resist temptation. Often, especially late at night, when I shouldn't be eating, I may be hungry but the only things are available are things with yeast in them. This happened every night on the cruise when the only food we could find late at night was pizza so often I just went to bed instead. Also I have discovered that yeast is in a lot of packaged foods like Goldfish and Cheezits so I have been forced to stay away from packaged foods. I am not a nutrition expert so I can only speak for myself but I firmly believe that staying away from most packaged foods was hugely important to my process. The only packaged food that I eat now are wheat thins and tortilla chips. Everything else I try to stay away from.
I knew I wasn't going to be one of those people that tracked everything that I ate but I do think portion control is key. So when I initially began, I spent a day figuring out what I was eating and roughly what the calorie count was (I used my fitness pal) and then, boring I know, I stuck with that. For a while I ate the same thing every day. I started the day with either a greek yogurt or a one egg omelet with a tablespoon of asiago cheese melted inside. Then for lunch (and sometimes dinner), I'd cut a large tortilla in half (cutting out 75 calories that I don't need), put some sliced rotisserie chicken on half, then a teaspoon of crushed cherry peppers (you can get a large jar of Cento diced hot cherry peppers at Ocean State Job Lot for $3.49), a tablespoon of asiago cheese (roughly), fold it over and put it on our George Foreman grill to toast it up. I also grill about a cup of jarred roasted red peppers (there are only about 150 calories in the WHOLE jar) on there for a side dish to my sandwich . At the beginning, I would sometimes eat this for both lunch and dinner and it is still my go to lunch most days. I also mainly stuck to popcorn as my snack plus I allowed myself to have fruit whenever I wanted it. I make my popcorn in a microwave popcorn bowl that I got at Target, I put in 1/4 cup of kernels and cook it using cooking spray, not oil. I then use Kernel Seasoning White Cheddar flavor to flavor it. Before I put the seasoning on, I put more cooking spray on there so that it sticks. My kids even like this popcorn! Also for snacks, I have cheese (about a 1 inch cube) and crackers (usually about 5 Wheat Thins, I like tops and bottoms on my cheese so I break them in half and it is more than enough cracker). I also make my own salsa and eat it with either really thin tortilla chips like XOCHITL or blue corn ones with flax seeds. Salsa is the simplest thing to make and homemade it's chock full of veggies and not a lot of sodium (remember at the beginning one of my goals was to get my blood pressure down). I use a small food processor and add 3 tomatoes, cut into quarters so they'll fit. After they are blended, I add one clove of roasted garlic and a tablespoon of jarred jalapenos (add more for hotter, less for not) and whir that up. Then I add in taco seasoning, chili powder and red pepper flakes, I like things hot so I do a pretty generous shake, if you don't just add a bit.
Part of what put me off at the beginning is how complicated the whole weight loss thing has become: stay away from carbs, eat lots of protein, don't eat a lot of fat, and so on. Well I decided I was just going to bring it back to the simplest denominator, calories in calories out. I basically just concerned myself with calories. I strived to keep everything around 200 - 300 calories if it was a "meal" and 150 or under if it was a snack (the beauty of the popcorn that I make is that a whole bowl of popcorn the way I make it is about 150 calories). I found myself eating a lot of small courses throughout the day so meals weren't much bigger than snacks.
I have to confess, I've never had any real food issues or until I was 40, really any weight issues. I was never one of the thinnest but I wasn't the heaviest either, I was always pretty much in the middle. Then when I hit 40 the weight started to creep on. When I started back in February, my goal was just 20 lbs and lower my blood pressure, I honestly never envisioned doubling that, that's what I weighed back in college but once I started there was no reason to stop. I was never on a diet so there was no reason to come off it, I am just doing the same things. And actually I am now wearing pants that are smaller sizes than I have ever worn. Like the exercise thing, I am certainly not claiming to be an expert on this stuff, I just know what happened to work for me. If anyone has any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them, just leave me a comment. Whew long post, sorry. Happy Thursday, all!!
How awesome is this picture?? I would love to take credit it for it since I think it's brilliant, simple yet powerful, but I got it from You Can't Scare Me, I'm a Teacher's Facebook page. I honestly think having a curriculum in kindergarten is ridiculous. The only curriculum in kindergarten should be learning how to share, how to wait your turn, how to raise your hand, basically how to function in school. Oh and tying shoes, I think that's a good kindergarten skill. When my oldest was in kindergarten (she is now a junior in high school), we got a note home right before April vacation that said basically, "We have been practicing tying our shoes in school, if your children has not quite mastered it, please practice with them over vacation" I can't remember if she could or not by that point (she used to have her younger sister tie them for her because she learned first) but I do know that we practiced that week if she could not. Now kindergarten teachers are too busy following a curriculum to even know which kids can tie, forget having the time to actually teach them. Such a shame! I think that we need to go back to the Robert Fulghum days:
"All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten"
by Robert Fulghum
Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.
These are the things I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
I have been really struggling with my reading lately. I am finding that I am just not reading as much as usually do lately. Part of that is certainly because of my Ruzzle addiction (that's a post for another day). I think a bigger part of it though is finding books to read. And it just dawned on me why I am having trouble. I have been trying to go to the library and just pick out books based on their covers and their summaries. Yes, friends, I have been judging books by their covers!! Shame on me. In all seriousness, I realized that this is a horrible way to do it. What made me realize it is the book that I am currently reading, Tell the Wolves I'm Home. I am reading it based on a friend's recommendation and I really like it so far but when I picked it up last night to read it, it struck me that I never, ever would have picked it out based on the cover and the title.
So that's my problem. Now I just need to work on solving my problem, anyone have any good book recommendations? If so, I'll love you forever if you leave them in the comment section. Happy Monday although since it is raining pretty heavily and it's a Monday, I am having a hard time summoning up much happiness for today. Hope everyone has a good day anyway!!
I met with the fabulous K boys and their mom on Monday right after I met with Anne. They were a teeny bit late because they ran into the Veteran's Day parade that was taking place on the next street over. Oops, logistics are definitely not my strong suit, that's for sure!! But it didn't matter because the sun was still sensational or should we say, sunsational, ha, ha!
Whenever I look quickly at the first picture, I think that Chase is trying to give Brody a kiss. Which makes sense because there is definitely a strong brotherly bond between these 2.
Brody is such a funny kid. Shannon is his favorite but since his mom has had my daughter babysit on occasion, he is now pretty familiar with the whole gang. Last time he was over he told his mom when he got into the car, "Jack really likes me, Mom." When she asked him what made him say that he said that he had gone into Jack's room to play and Jack said, "Hey Brody, can you give me a some space?"
And of course, we can't forget about Mr. Chase, we need some of him alone too, don't want to show any favoritism. It was not super easy to do because he has discovered that he can roll and inch along and just loves both skills!
When I first saw this picture, I immediately thought of the "pull my finger" thing (wow, it has its own entry on Wikipedia, is it any wonder why teachers won't accept Wikipedia as a credible research source?) I have no doubt, whatsoever, that these 2 will be doing that at some point. As a matter of fact, knowing their mom as I do, I am thinking that she'll have been the one that taught them!!
Okay whenever you see this face, then you know that it's a pretty good sign that it is time to wrap things up!
But no, we had our secret weapon and by the end, she was even working her magic on Chase!
So we were able to get a few more.
K family, it was an absolute pleasure to get to spend some quality time with you all, as always. I can't wait until next time, maybe I will even bring Jack along then since you know, he really likes you, Brody. Please click here to see the rest of the pictures of Brody and Chase.
Anne goes to a private school so the school makes the arrangements for the yearbook pictures. She is the youngest of 4 and they have all gone to this school and the rest of her sisters accepted that this is the way that it was. Well Anne decided that she wanted some more natural looking pictures of her senior year. She is friends with Gennie and Cam and liked their pictures so she asked her mom if she could have some done too. Her mom said that it was fine with her as long as she made all the arrangements by herself, so she did!! How cool is that? She took it upon herself to email me, find out the specifics, nail down a time and a place that would work for both of us. Ironically enough, I happened to bring my youngest daughter along with me for this shoot (I don't usually do that but I was meeting Brody and Chase right after and she is my secret weapon for that shoot). It was such a bonus to have Shannon hear about Anne's initiative and chutzpah. Plus Anne told her that it is not so bad being the youngest now that she has the house to herself, Shannon's eyes lit up when she heard that. Although now I am feeling the pressure, hopefully I was able to capture the natural Anne in a natural setting in a way that she isn't disappointed!
Anne wants to go to art school. It is kind of funny but she is the third senior that I have taken pictures for this year that wants to go into an art related profession. The great thing about working with creative people is that they understand about art and vision so they are very willing when it comes to trying different poses. Like lying on a picnic table,
or sitting in a pile of leaves that may have been a little wet and certainly was pretty cold,
Or sitting on bridges or leaning on fences or sitting on stone steps that again were pretty chilly. Not only did Anne do all that without even a hint of complaint, she did it with radiant smile fixed firmly in place. Love her!
Although I have to admit, like Gennie, I got so caught up in enjoying Anne's company that I forgot to find out much about her. Like for example if she plays any sports. No worries, though Shannon took care of that for me. And she didn't brag about it either, she just mentioned matter of factly later in the day that Anne had played volleyball, basketball and softball. When I asked her (somewhat incredulously, I am ashamed to admit), she told me that she chatted with Anne at one point while I was talking with Anne's mother. Hey maybe, Anne's sense of initiative has already started rubbing off on her.
I loved Anne's sense of style. Both of the outfits that she chose for our shoot were very classic and simple. Not to mention, super flattering as you can all see for yourself!
Anne has such a classic and timeless look that I couldn't resist seeing a couple in black and white.
Anne, I am so happy that you took it upon yourself to get in touch with me. Keep that sense of initiative strong throughout your life because it will certainly serve you well. I wish you nothing but joy as you finish up your high school journey and embark on your college one. Also thank you so much for being a source of inspiration to Shannon, you know, as one youngest of 4 to another!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Anne's pictures.
Sunday, I was lucky enough to meet with the Peers family and truly they had no peers in the awesome family department (c'mon, you had to know that one was coming!) Honestly though I thought they were awesome before I even met them because they won a session with me by donating to a fundraiser for Ellie. You may remember Ellie and that she unfortunately suffers from CF. I love Ellie and her wonderful family so anyone that supports them is already a step ahead with me. But as I found out on Sunday, the story gets even better. The member of the family that was responsible for putting their tickets in for my services was their son. He knew that his mom would just love it if they won. How sweet is that?
The kids were gracious enough to pose for some pictures of just the 2 of them. I think they started to have fun, they were hamming it up a bit at the end. Their daughter is also an aspiring photographer so I told her to feel free to email if she ever has any questions. I love to help out aspiring photographers so you can imagine my delight when she took me up on my offer and emailed me yesterday asking for my suggestions about purchasing a camera. Especially since none of the teens in this house seem to think that I have anything helpful to offer!
We got some pictures of just mom and dad. I think that it is so important for kids (especially teenagers) to see their parents as real people in a strong, healthy relationship so I was very happy when they happily complied with requests for some shots of just the two of them.
We also managed to get some of all of the possible combinations. Mom wanted somebody to give her a kiss on the cheek, she took matters into her own hands when they wouldn't comply.
Thanks Peers family for braving the elements and venturing out to meet me. You managed to brighten up a dreary Sunday for me. You truly have no peers (oh no, not again, sorry, couldn't resist, hey I'm a Jolley, I figure that entitles me to pun on someone else's last name). Please click here if you would like to see the rest of their pictures.
So yesterday on my "day off", I had not one but two sessions planned. Good thing that they both felt a whole lot more like play than actual work!! In addition to the amazing Anne (oh how, I love my alliterations), I also got to spend some time with the fabulous Brothers K. Enjoy this sneak peek, between these guys, Anne and the Peers family, I have a lot of great stuff in store for you all this week.
Once again, I totally would not have been out this morning if I didn't have a shoot and once again, I am so glad that I was because it was beautiful out! Ok, beautiful as far as the lighting was concerned, maybe not so much the temperature, that was a different story, it may have been a little (a lot) chilly. Not that you could tell by Anne, she was a total pro!! Watching her, I even forget that it was cold (although that may have been because I had at least 3 layers on, maybe more, I'm not telling).
I hope everyone had a great Veteran's Day, most especially all our veterans since they certainly deserve it!! I have kind of a funny story about that. On the way down to meet Anne, it dawned on me that I was headed to a park called War Memorial Park on Veteran's Day and that there could be some sort of ceremony there which may present a problem (as I have said on a few occasions, I am not the sharpest tool in the shed). Luckily this wasn't the case (although there was a parade nearby) so our shoot went off without a hitch. That was mostly because of Anne, she was awesome!
Today is one of those underrated important days in our country. The most important thing that we can do in this country is to never take our freedom for granted. A crucial part of not taking it for granted is to acknowledge and express our gratitude to those that have served so that we may remain a free country. Last year when I wrote about Veteran's Day, one of my friends made this comment, "Love this!!!! My favorite part of my work is this wall we have. It has a sign at the top that says "Home of the free because of our brave" and all of the veterans in the building have a photo hanging. It's wonderful!!!!!" That just it sums it up perfectly as does this:
Look at how happy this group of 2nd and 3rd graders was to be out reflagging the cemetery for our veterans on an early Saturday morning (a cold Saturday morning at that, when I saw this posted, I checked the temperature, it was 38 degrees). You know, all too often when we talk about kids today, it's about their failings, and not about all the good that they do. Well this definitely deserves a big round of applause and a hearty thank you!! By the way, it is nothing new for older generations to complain about the younger generation, "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers" Sound recent? Think again, those words were uttered some 2500 years ago by none other than Socrates. He seems especially annoyed by chatter, doesn't he?
I'll end with a quote that says it better than I could ever hope to, “On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” —Dan Lipinski
Happy Veteran's Day to all that serve or have served our country. I have said it before and will say it again, we truly owe you more than we can ever express.
Not only was this family a bunch of troopers to come out on this cold, dreary day (at one point it started raining on my way to meet them ) but they were really nice and friendly as well (not to mention, rather photogenic). I think that warrants a quick sneak peek, don't you? Happy Sunday, everyone! Enjoy the sneak peek, look to see more of this wonderful family by mid week.
This time last week, I was just returning home from the Red Sox parade which was incredibly fun. But if I am being honest here, I was a little jealous of 2 of my nephews and what they got to experience during the aftermath of the title. They are both 18 and they had incredible experiences over the course of a few days last week. An experience that I did not get to have when I was about their age and a sophomore in college back in 1986. Near the end of game 6 against the Mets, we were getting ready to go to the airport to greet the Red Sox, coats on and keys in hand, when this happened (by the way, still can't watch, I just tried).
In contrast, one of my nephews is a freshman in college in Boston so with a bunch of his college buddies, he got up early and headed over to the finish line to a front row spot for a very moving and memorable moment between the team, the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and really the whole city of Boston. He also "hit the big time" as my husband called it when he was featured on Barstool Sports.
But of course, the highlight of his day was when he ran into Auntie Sue.
He is such a terrific kid. That night was the night that we had a party for Pappy and he hopped on the train and came down for the party. I am sure that his friends were still out having fun but he felt that it was important to spend some time with family. Pretty cool, especially from an 18 year old boy.
My other nephew has a great story too. He was working at Game On in Fenway the night of Game 6 when the Red Sox won the World Series. The Red Sox players and the trophy came in after the game to celebrate. He not only got to meet some of the players and see the trophy but he has pictures to prove it!!
Part of what I think is so cool about his story is that it might not have happened if he had made other choices. He graduated from high school this past spring but wasn't really ready to make a huge decision about college so he decided to go to a local community college and work a couple of jobs first. He figured that this would give him a chance to experience the world but still keep the education thing going because sometimes that is hard to get that started up again. I think that this shows such maturity on his part and I am so glad that his parents were wise enough to go along with this and not bow to the conventional wisdom that everyone needs to go to a 4 year college right out of high school. Don't get me wrong, I think that college is really important for just about everyone. As a matter of fact, it was, hands down, the most influential time of my life but I also don't like the notion that everyone has to get into a great school right out of high school or they are doomed, I just don't buy into that. Look at this kid, because he chose an unconventional path, he was lucky enough to have the experience of a lifetime. Now I am not saying that if you don't go to college, you'll get to have your picture taken with Jacoby Ellsbury but you never know what experiences life has in store for you. My brothers both went to community college and then into the Air Force and now one has his Master's Degree and the other is a firefighter, an EMT and working towards a nursing degree. Needless to say, they are both doing quite well for themselves.
Anyway, I am a little jealous of my nephews since my college experiences of sporting events were a whole lot different. Besides game 6, we also had the Bears/Patriots Super Bowl the previous winter during my freshman year which is another debacle that remains unwatchable to me. We did have the '86 Celtics but we were already home for the year by then so it seems different. Needless to say, my events weren't nearly as much fun as what my nephews got to be a part of!