Today I want to share a story of hope from the Cape Cod Times. It involves one of our members- Liam Mawn. Liam is a student at Monomoy Regional High School and a a senior class officer. He is also an athlete and has been in the high school play for several years. Before the pandemic broke out Liam was practicing for a part in Les Miserables, this year’s planned musical. Captain of the soccer team in the fall, Liam is also a fine athlete.
For most seniors like Liam, the spring semester is a victory lap, when so many projects come to fruition. The capstone of it all is graduation. But with the outbreak of the coronavirus Liam’s senior year suddenly looked very different. Les Miserables, the school musical, was cancelled along with the spring sports season. Graduation ceremonies are on hold indefinitely and this is a senior yearn no one expected. When the seniors gathered in February for their semi-formal they never dreamed that this could be their last dance, never mind the last time they were together as a class. But things changed within days and school was closed. But the seniors had been raising monty for five years to fund special events this semester. Their money paid for the dance and was scheduled to support a class trip as well as a gift to the school. Vice President of the class, Liam Mawn is quoted, “We’ve been working from the eighth grade for this.” But Governor Baker announced that schools should cancel all trips. So the officers returned all the deposits for the planned trip to Philadelphia. When that happened Mawn told the reporter that a lot of the senior class savings were wiped out in a week. But they still had the money they they had raised for the class gift, so they started to imagine what that could be, especially now. There had been plans to contribute to umbrellas for the lunch tables in the senior courtyard. But instead the officers decided to recommend that they donate $2500 to the Family Pantry and $2500 to Cape Cod Healthcare to support the organization’s COVID-19 efforts. They took a class vote on social media and it was decided. So in today’s paper you can see Liam and the other senior class officers - Kelsey Olsen, Rory Carpenter and Lilian Ryan - standing in front of the High School, posing 6-feet apart, for the announcement. It is not the senior year that they expected or planned for. But heroism is not usually about what we do when we get what we want. It is about how we respond when things change unexpectedly. Heroes emerge when they show character in the face of adversity. Heroes find some way to be helpful to others when it is hard to be hopeful. It is not clear whether these young adults will ever have the benefit of formal graduation exercises, but in my book they have proved themselves already to be fellow citizens. With or without the symbols of graduation - the caps and gowns - they have already stepped into the community as players, young adults worthy of our respect and gratitude. I hope we can all follow their exemplary community spirit of public mindedness and generosity. You go Monomoy Seniors! Blessings, Rev. Susan
No Palm distribution this week. We have cancelled this in the interest of discouraging any public worship. Please stay home and stay safe. With the advice of the executives of the Southern New England UCC we have been urged not to distribute palms at all this weekend.
Sorry for the change of plans. But we are making all these decisions with your welfare in mind, first and foremost. Be safe.