Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
|Here are some of my sweet memories from this year:
* Grandparents in chapel. (Parents too, of course.) Chapel all around!
* Getting notes and pictures about your children, like Tess acting in Madama Butterfly, like Deuce taking flowers to Paisley on Valentine’s day, big things and little things, like hearing how your children play chapel and sing the songs at home. Sometimes the little things are the best. I know the little people are the best.
* Welcoming all the new babies. It was a banner year. I don’t even want to start counting for fear I will miss some.
* Hearing when you are worried about your child and helping to figure out how to navigate that. Remembering how I worried (and still worry) about my child. As my mother told me when my son was born: “it’s a life sentence, sweetie.”
*Teaching Grace Based Parenting and feeling you climb into my heart one class at a time.
*Being present to the miracle of family adoptions.
* Seeing the Sober family singers perform at Christmas. (You will never leave our hearts, no matter how far you move.)
* Praying for the Emery family as Lori deployed with a new baby and two other children at home. Praying harder still as Phil also deployed. Thank you for your service. Most have no idea what our service members do for us.
*Having a former student as a teacher. Godspeed, Mary DeBevoise, and thank you for helping us! Watching her daddy, Pastor John, kiss her on her way out after chapel.
* Seeing our graduates come back with their siblings, all legs and gaps where teeth were.
* Spending the budget for the children. Check out our new “mac daddy” cascade water table!
*Enjoying the lunches our dedicated parents provide.
*Watching new teachers grow and thrive.
*Seeing the children begin to read and write.
And finally, spending one last year with Mrs. Doreen! We’ll love you forever!
We are very grateful for a wonderful year! Happy summer!