Finding the moments with our children

I can’t remember how many times that, after talking about sad news, challenging events, and/or the fragility of life, I’ve said: “go home and kiss your baby(ies).”  My intention has been to try and offer some perspective and to also (re)focus on what is really important.  Perhaps no other relationship is more basic to the meaning and purpose of life than the parent-child bond.  Perhaps nothing centers us more as adults and puts larger issues into proper perspective than the simple clarity felt during the tender, loving moments with our kids and/or parents.

Recently, the Berkshires community learned about the life story and recent challenges being experienced by a former Berkshire Country Day School art teacher and parent, Susan Merrill.  A Stockbridge resident and painter, Susan was diagnosed with glioblastoma and learned that she had just a few months to live.  Her story was published in a recent Berkshire Eagle article.

Susan’s broad smile, twinkling eyes and repartee, and supportive sparkle graced BCD’s campus a year ago when she came to visit our new art studios.  She has always been and remains an inspiration and inspiring force.

Time to go find that moment with our kids and the others we love.

The new school year is off to a wonderful start.  Thank you again for sending your children to BCD and for everything you do to contribute to our vibrant community.

Wishing everyone a restful weekend in preparation for the first full week ahead.

By | 2017-09-08T10:15:03+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

About the Author:

Prior to joining BCD in 2008, Paul was Head of Lower School at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, an independent coeducational day school, where he had been since 1999. He spent six years as Head of School of The School in Rose Valley in Rose Valley, PA, and before that in an elementary education teaching position at Germantown Friends School, an independent day school in Philadelphia, PA, and at a public school in Vermont. Paul, who lives in Stockbridge with his wife, Margaret, and their two children, is an avid music fan, plays guitar, and enjoys hiking, biking, and the many cultural offerings offered in the Berkshires.