Life lessons learned…

I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I’m quoting a fellow teacher from “back in the day” at Grant-Deuel School, Revillo, SD.

“No matter what sport you are watching at the high school level you are watching kids play for the love of the game knowing the highest reward they can realize from it is that they did the best they could and walked away knowing that they left it all out there.
To the high school athletes, I salute you. You play the game for the right reasons……..do your job, play your position, and above all…..do the work.
Oh, and one more thing……D UP……if they don’t score…..we can’t lose.”
~ Quote by Barry Pickner

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Yesterday… a small town and its football team.

It just dawned on me that this is the first senior portrait season in many years that I haven’t photographed a Grant-Deuel High School football player. Even though the Grant-Deuel football program joined the neighboring Milbank, SD team last year, I still had a couple of Grant-Deuel jerseys because…those WERE the days!

Football brought so much excitement, anticipation, as well as the occasional let down, to the tiny town of Revillo, South Dakota.

  • Friday Night Lights brought the community together to support and cheer on a current crop of players who¬† spent many hours in the weight room to strengthen not only their bodies but their team, as well.
  • The benefits of a team working together on the field, in the locker room and in daily life was a built in support system for the challenging times.
  • Coffee shop conversations included the feats of the team, stats, playoffs and the possible trip to The Dome (Site of the SD state high school football championships ~ Vermillion, SD).
  • Spectators needed to pack the car with several sweatshirts, blankets, mittens, rain gear, etc., to prepare for all kinds of weather.
  • It was important to leave a vehicle at the spot you deemed as the supreme viewing location (so you could sit inside with the heater running) at the crack of dawn on game day.
  • Cheerleaders rallied the fans during all kinds of inclement weather.
  • …and the band played on.

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So many changes….but life does go on, doesn’t it?