Dear KES Family:
Question: What does Tristan Alleyne, a Grade 12 student from Barbados, have in common with six month old Ossi Keddy from Canada?
Answer: They both live at King’s-Edgehill School.
Every home has its hub in the kitchen. Our dining area at KES may be larger than most, but at mealtime it still has that warm family feel that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome. I love seeing faculty children and our students interact on campus. It is healthy and normal. Seeing how happy Ossi and Tristan were together at breakfast this week was fabulous. Seeing that Ossi was content to be passed around to boys and girls of all ages and backgrounds was almost symbolic.
Last night I had the pleasure of hosting four boys from Asia in my home after a glorious moonlit hike through the forest of Grey Mountain. We made brownies, chocolate fondue, and Moroccan tea afterwards. As Edward He, Gavin Liu, Bryan Li, and Anson Chan and I sat around the kitchen table dipping raspberries and strawberries and bananas into a pot of heavenly melted chocolate, I reflected upon how pleasant it was to be with them. Our conversation was lively. Their brownies turned out well, and the hike had been a uniquely Canadian adventure under the stars and through the snow. I see these boys all the time in school, but until we had a chance to sit and eat and talk I could not really appreciate these young gentlemen’s fine qualities.
It is possible to live parallel lives in the same place. Coming together for meals makes those lives intersect. When that happens I think we all feel a comforting sense of home and family.