It all began in late August 1979... Moving in. Sophomore Parents' Weekend, declaring your (double/triple) major, Junior year abroad, Junior Show, Wednesday tea, Thursday night coffee, sports, Boston Marathon, the vill, el Table, Senate bus, Schneider Special, grad school apps, on campus interviews, Hoop rolling... then:
On a sunny morning in early June 1983, Susan Sontag told us, "Be bold" and we hit the ground running out into the real world, eager to do great things and change it for the better. And we were bold. We took Susan Sontag's words to heart. In fact, we still are.
Then suddenly it was our 30th Reunion. That was almost two years ago.
But now we are living through a pandemic. Family and friends are sick. Some have died. More will. Life is no longer as vibrant as we knew it, full of optimism and action for change for the better. It's very different. Teleworking... Social distancing... Isolationism have taken over, replacing the warmth of human interaction. The world has essentially been forced to stop yet it still rotates on its axis. We wait until what we cannot control becomes controllable. How will it end? How will we be changed? How do we manage all the unknowns?
We are strong. We are resourceful. We are creative. We endeavor to be present and dream. And we find every silver lining, no matter how small, and celebrate it.
Above all, we are here for each other and, for that, I am truly grateful.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home. Stay connected.