Rainbow over Lincoln Academy. Photo by Jeb Burroughs. Jebburroughs.com

I have been asked about silver linings quite a bit over these past three months, and at this time of the year and in this moment of the pandemic I wanted to pause and take a moment to share a few of mine with you.

From last spring, the gifts I appreciated most were moments of found time with my adult children, making dinners, sharing hopes and fears and throwing a baseball around or kicking a soccer ball as we joined the state, country and world trying to flatten the curve.

From this fall, the sight of “3D” people coming back together, smiling awkwardly under our masks. Our first faculty meeting under the circus tent–appropriately named, as this must have felt like a 3-ring circus at times for many of us. The outpouring of support that faculty and staff have received from parents, students and peers as they navigated this storm.

Now as I look back at this first trimester and ahead at the uncertainty in front of us I am reminded of curious comfort that comes from our Zoom-connected world. In a weekly call with Heads of School from around Northern New England, one member remarked that this was the most they have felt connected to a group of professionals in their career.  While none of us would prefer Zoom to an in-person meeting, it is true. In this time of stress and anxiety, the reassurance that there is someone in that screen that can relate to me, is, if not perfect, awfully appreciated at the moment.

Zoom or Googlemeet has also been so important to our community, including parents, and I hope that this will continue when we are able to return to the face-to-face school we all desperately want to work in and go to. But for now, I look forward to having another chance to connect with you at our next LAPA meeting Thursday, December at 6 pm. I hope to see you there.

Thank you for all that have reached out to me and my team with questions and notes of support. This is not an easy time for anyone, for that I am sorry, and I am also confident we will come through this together.  LA is stronger together.

Reach out and connect with us if there is anything that we can do for you, your family or someone you know.

Be well and stay safe.

Jeffrey S. Burroughs