While my husband and I were away on a much needed vacation Angels disguised as people designed the new studio. When we returned it was like one of those TV shows where the family goes away and comes back to a heavenly home.
It is clear that great things are coming and that our lives here will be beautiful.
Ossining is welcoming us with open arms. There is not a single difficult child or parent in the group. The teachers are bonded together in a way we have never been: I think the idea of closing the studio made us all realize what an incredible place it is and how much we, and future generations, would lose if it closed.
Recently I went to a high school performance. I listened to a lovely director speak about how much she would miss her students of the past four years.
We have several seniors graduating this year. We work with them for many days a week, for hours at a time, in all kinds of situations, and for years. We know how they think, how they work, how they react to pressure. We have seen them make sacrifices for others and have even been comforted by them in our roughest moments.
There is nothing to compare with the experience of being with someone as they grow from baby, to child, to pre-teen, to older teen, and to young man or woman.
My sister Michelle, a lawyer, tells me that I shouldn't love my clients. But how can you not love someone that you have seen grow up? And now, that these kids are older I experience great moments of grace when I know I am learning more frotm them than I am teaching them.
So: Georgie Martin, Zack Goldbaum, Jenna Brabazon, and Helen Carr (who was 2 year old baby following her big sister Grace) - words can not express how much I feel for you and how much joy you have brought me (and everyone else as well) over these years. I will miss you always.
Right now we have the most incredible group of younger kids. You have influenced them and shaped them. You will leave a little bit of your discipline (for dance, school, and all else), humor, kindness, determination, and love behind.
Lastly, thank you to the parents who trusted us with part of your upbringing, it was an incredible gift.