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For Newtown, For Newtown…

Posted Dec 15 2012 5:10pm

{In memory of those dear children and teachers who lost their lives, I want to share the ways in which Newtown brought me joy, with thanks to Maia Toll, who reached out to me asking if I’d participate in her joy celebration .}

I moved to Newtown at the very end of my 4th grade year and was graduated from Newtown High School in 1980, which was the last time I called it home. Back then, and still now, even though it has changed and grown with the times, Newtown is and was everything said about it yesterday: bucolic, quintessential New England, close-knit. The Newtown that I remember, the Newtown that brings me joy, is especially reflected in this photo. This is the one that brings me home, every time.


Note: The title of this post has a melody that goes with it. It was the start of the “Fight Song” that would play during school assemblies, athletic games, and so on. At least it was back in the 70s. For some reason it’s one of the first things I thought of yesterday when I heard the news. And even though it was usually sung vigorously, in my mind I heard it sung softly and slowly in children’s voices, like the opening verses of a gentle hymn.

For Newtown, for Newtown, fight on to victory!
For Newtown, for Newtown, steady and strong are we!
Our Indians will fight ’cause they’re brave and bold
So stand up and cheer for the blue and gold!
For Newtown, for Newtown, fight on to victory! 

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