Three days of back-to-back meetings, lots of random conversations, planning, typing, working, running kids back and forth to places, and I am completely and utterly exhausted, but . . . I am just thrilled to be in this position. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to being a part of a real community. In my former life, I did a lot of extras–went to campus wide meetings and lectures, volunteered for things–and it never seemed to make me part of the community. Today, I was asked to chaperon an overnight trip. I was thrilled to be asked and immediately said I’d go. They were so excited and relieved I’d said yes, and I said, and I really meant, please, ask me any time, that’s what I’m here for. Because it is. I really want to make a contribution to the school, to individual girls’ lives, and by extension, to the world. To do that takes commitment and a lot of hard work. And I’m perfectly willing to do that work. And I know that sounds a little pie in the sky, naive, or whatever, but I really truly mean it. And I’ve learned over the years how to balance hard work with down time.
I sense that I’ll be just as exhausted after next week when the kids return, but in a weird way, I feel energized as well.