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“Since We Were Two.”

Bat MitzvahDo you know the feeling? racing heart? sweaty palms?   It’s unnerving to speak to a ballroom full of strangers.  But on Saturday night, my daughter Isabel didn’t have any trouble.  I asked her if she wanted to say a few words at her friend Jordyn’s Bat Mitzvah.  She grabbed the microphone and answered, “Of course.  We’ve been friends since we were two.”

Isabel and Jordyn went to preschool together at Georgetown Hill eleven years ago.  Our families have stayed in touch ever since.  Isabel’s words—since we were two—remind me of the power of friendships that form in places like Evergreen.  Her words remind me of our obligation to nurture these relationships, plan playdates, reach out and make and sustain connections. They help our children feel tethered.  Being part of a school community is important– but it can take 11 years or more to recognize just how much it means to your children.

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