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Head's Column, November 19, 2013
Greetings CMS Families,
I hope that all is well within your hearts and souls. It has been a while since I have had an opportunity to connect with you through this medium. I missed the connection, even if virtual. It is imperative that I share the platform with other Cambridge Montessori leaders so that you may become more familiar with the many voices within our community. Going forward, I will write the Head’s Corner bi-monthly. While I think that this is a great change in our communications plan, I realize have so much to say and yet not enough time nor space to do so!
Initially I thought about sharing a list of thoughts in bullet form and then I reverted to what I always do when addressing an audience or engaging in a one-on-one conversation with a friend, colleague or family member. I try to convey what is in my heart and soul at that very moment.
Last Friday night, my husband Phillip and I had a movie date. It has been an eternity since I have been able to do anything fun for myself. College visits, attending conferences, and leading a school accreditation are great but they simply don’t count in the “caring for self” category. I needed to spend some quality time with my man, period. We were both excited to see the sequel to one of my favorite movies, The Best Man. Sequels typically do not live up to their hype, however, I was really looking forward to hearing how the characters developed after 16 years. I was pleasantly surprised that the sequel was better the than the original.
As I sat in the crowded theater, I felt connected to the audience. Perhaps because we were simply there by choice or because we shared common emotions as we laughed and cried throughout the movie. If you ever attend a movie where the audience is predominantly African American, be prepared to have live commentary. Usually it bothers me, but this time I embraced it. While watching the movie a steady stream of tears began to fall down my face. I did all that I could do to prevent myself from breaking into a good old fashion emotional storm. The movie was also funny but for some reason I was stuck on SAD. I could relate to the characters in the movie, they were my friends, they we me.
Needless to say the date was great. Phillip and I had our own commentary at the end and I had to explore the reason for my emotions. Was it because I am approaching an early menopause? Was it because I was feeling guilty for not spending enough time with my family? Was it because I was feeling nostalgic and missing my brothers and sisters from Morehouse and Spelman? Was it because I am still recovering from a tremendous loss of a colleague and friend? Was it because the movie just hit too close to home?
Initially, I did not know but as I dug deeper into my soul, I realized that it was all of those things. I was just experiencing a quiet storm and no one is comfortable in storms. However, storms are temporary. They remind us that we are not in control and that we have to have faith that the sun will come out tomorrow. At the end of the day love, like time, heals all things. Today I am enjoying the beautiful sunshine and the peace that passes all understanding. We will have storms but I am so thankful for the rays of sunshine that this community radiates. I wish you a phenomenal week and a happy Thanksgiving. I look forward to connecting with you virtually but more importantly, in person, soon.