One of my first acts as new Head of School at SLS was to convene an all-school gathering outside by the flagpole on the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I read the Billy Collins poem “The Names” to the students and faculty. It was incredibly sad but also reassuring to stand together as a community and reflect.
As I’m sure is true for many of you, September 11th has some additional meaning for me. It was my father’s birthday, and the day of the attacks was to be his last. That was also the fall of the search process that brought me to St. Luke’s. What a tumultuous few months that was, as my dad went through the last months of his illness and I went through the search process. Bill Wicker (St. Luke’s Board Chair) offered me the job on December 1st, and Dad died on December 22nd.
Last week, I wrote about the importance of resilience. If ever there were a day that brings home the importance of this attribute – today is that day. At 10 a.m., the entire school will observe a moment of silence to honor all those we lost on September 11, 2001.