April 20, 2020

Dear Campus School Families,

As we finish our first month of distance learning, I am vacillating between the feeling that this has been both the longest month of my life and that it has flown by. The rush of energy and effort needed to launch a new way of doing school may explain the sense that time is moving quickly. But mid-March seems like it was years ago, and each day unfolds with a peculiar sense of time, like I am walking through sand and not getting very far. I wonder if you are having similar experiences.

It is very challenging to keep a healthy perspective right now, and this warping of time is not helping. But we will get through this, and once we do we will probably wonder how we did. My sense is that it will be the collective effect of many small acts of kindness and love that sustain and propel us through this crisis. They are emotional, psychological, and spiritual antidotes and balms, and they come to us from our own families, friends, and colleagues and the selfless acts of those who are front and center facing this pandemic.

One of my favorite quotes is from the writer Anais Nin: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Right now it seems that life is shrinking, and in some ways it is. But all those little acts of kindness and love are acts of courage, for they are expansive actions taken under difficult circumstances and repressive conditions. I maintain that parents caring for their children and families, tending to their jobs, managing their own stress and anxiety, and taking on the new work associated with remote learning are courageous in every sense of the word. After all, the Latin root of the word courage is “heart,” and loving hearts are at the core of parenting, especially during difficult times.

I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all of you, our Campus School parents, who every day provide your children and families with the love, attention, hope, and courage they need right now. We look forward to better times, which will surely come, in part through the efforts of those like you, who provide the loving kindness that defines and creates our best selves.