05 Apr Message from the Head of School April 5th
Blessed Palm Sunday, TCS Families!
I hope that everyone was able to get outside and play with your children on this glorious day. Without a doubt, the thing I miss most during this time of staying at home is children, specifically your children. Please tell them each that I miss them very much!
We have a four-day week this week, and our teachers have taken your input, the children’s feedback, and their own ingenuity and created lessons and structured days that will make the whole endeavor go more smoothly. And if there are more tweaks needed in the coming week, we are prepared for that, as well.
The news is dire and fear abounds in our world, but our job is the same as it has always been – to know, to love, to prepare. This is our job, this is your job. Sometimes “preparing” your children means being sure they do their schoolwork, finish their chores, wash their hands a lot. And sometimes “preparing” your children means helping them to recognize that relationships are more important than anything else.
We need to pay close attention to one another these days. I heard a physician on the news saying that coronavirus’ partner pathogens are anxiety and depression. By “partner pathogens” she wasn’t referring to the medical side-effects of the virus, but rather she was referring to the increase in instances of anxiety and depression among many of us because of the uncertainty, the fear, and the isolation. Notice that I’m using lower-case “a” and “d” in anxiety and depression because, while these can be experienced at clinical (upper-case “A” and “D”) levels, I’m talking about what would be more likely called the jitters and the blues. And being aware of these feelings in our children is important, but being aware of them in ourselves is crucial. This will be the leading topic of our conversation at this week’s Zoom Coffee at 12:30 on Tuesday. Please shoot me an email if you’d like to be part of the conversation.
In a New York Times article published April 1st discussed our tendency to want to “overachieve” during this time that we are home – to take on new home projects, to reach new heights in your work, to have homemade breakfast on the table every morning. There is an unspoken pressure to “use this time productively” that is adding to the unsettledness and disappointment that is already inherent in this time. We have to let go of unreasonable expectations – most of which come from within – and recognize that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We’re all doing our best; I am confident of this. We answer to God in this time, not to unrealistic expectations. To God alone.
In this most blessed week I hope that the time at home with only family will bring unexpected blessings and undeniable peace that are in stark contrast to the difficulties happening in this world. Our certainty is in our Savior, our refuge in Him alone.
Peace to you and yours,
Some postscript events/posts that might interest you:
Getty Family Hymn Sing Every Tuesday at 7:15pm on Facebook Live
Veritas Virtual Forum: Coronavirus and Quarantine – Tuesday March 24 7:00-8:30pm featuring David Brooks, Andy Crouch, Lydia Dugdale, and Andrew Schuman – http://www.veritas.org/veritasforumlivestream/
And just for fun:
I Want to Know What Day It Is – Foreigner Parody