On Gratitude for our History, and the Here and Now

The rich history of Tuxedo Park School is in evidence all over our “home” of Blairhame. Each day we walk the hallways, we pass symbols of our history: the whole school photographs, the pictures of graduating classes, portraits of retired headmasters, NYSAIS accreditation certificates, and the original charter of the school which hangs in the Head’s office. We are grateful for this history and the legacy of those who came before us. We are proud that they live on in the rituals and traditions of our fine school, enriching our experience and bringing us closer to the past as well as closer to one another.

This weekend brought many commemorations of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. As one of the defining moments in our national history and international consciousness, it is hard not be drawn back to that gorgeous, clear, blue sky, Tuesday morning when our world was forever changed. For many families it is a day marked with very personal tragedy. For others, it is a day that reminds us to be grateful for what we have, for the “here and now.” It is a day that encourages us to keep perspective on the things that can bog us down or make us feel dissatisfied or disappointed. We are here now. We have the gift of life and family and fellowship. We need not let fear guide us, but rather hope.

For families struggling with how to respond to questions from children about 9/11 and other news events, click here for a link to resources that may help you find language and clarity as you discuss our history in developmentally appropriate ways.

About Kathleen McNamara Head's Up!

an educator in Independent Schools for over 28 years
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