Dear KES Family,
There have been sparkling moments of joy this week and, as is fitting for Thanksgiving, many have to do with family. Interestingly, with thirty-four sets of brothers and sisters at the School, twenty-one percent of the King’s-Edgehill School family is actually “family”. It touches my heart when I see love between family members. Regardless of how rare or common the occurrence, it is always special to see siblings support each other, say a kind word, or embrace.
With over one hundred and fifty grandparents on campus yesterday, there was a fountain of affection on full display in the Fountain Performing Arts Centre. It was just lovely being a part of it all. There is indeed a unique connection between grandchild and grandparent.
Everything about Canadian Thanksgiving seems to fit. It remains a time that is fairly innocent in terms of its commercialization. One can focus on family and food, giving thanks for both. Christmas and Christmas shopping are months away. There are no Thanksgiving jingles, nor is there a push to purchase anything other than the traditional fixings for meals. Thanksgiving is a time for long walks and good talks (some of the best of which occur in the kitchen when cooking or cleaning up).
One of this week’s sparkling moments was during our School Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday night. With three hundred and seventy-one students and staff seated for supper, we had a full house. It felt like family. After the meal when I stood by the podium for my goodnight address, I paused to listen and look around. There was a happy babble of lively conversation. No one was in a hurry to leave. No one looked bored or fidgety and restless. To be able to give thanks in such an environment is both a joy and a blessing.
By the way...for those wishing to be part of our Pumpkin Regatta Parade you are very welcome. Our theme is “Minions” for the Despicable Me films. Meet at the Dining Hall at 11:30am on Sunday. If you just want to watch the regatta itself, the first race is at 2:00pm. See you at the finish line! (I hope.)
This week in pictures.