A holiday season message from Kathleen DeSantis, Director of Development
“Gratitude helps us see what is there instead of what isn’t.” – Annette Bridges
As the youngest of 5 children, I remember the holidays being a time of non-stop activity. Whether we were decorating the tree, making last minute gifts, or shoveling snow – yes that happened a lot growing up in upstate New York – we were always busy. I also remember that whenever we slowed down to enjoy our holiday feast, my mother would always say, “I wish a particular relative/friend was here today. I remember thinking to myself, but what about us? Aren’t you grateful for who is actually here today? I knew then, as I do now, that was not my mother’s intention but the irony of it all knocks on my door today. Like so many of us, our holidays will be spent very differently this year. Yes, those big family gatherings may happen by zoom and/or be postponed all together, but perhaps this holiday season can be even more special.
In a recent conversation with my colleague, Holli, at P.G. Chambers School, she shared that she and her team long for the day when they can get back to a more normal routine. The constant change in their daily lives, whether work, personal or both, takes a toll and it is really exhausting. Yes, I am sure we can all relate! Yet, it is what she said next that made me smile. “We know we are not alone. Despite the exhaustion of thinking about how I will make it through another day, another week, another month, when I hold one of our students in my arms, that is when the magic happens. I forget the feeling of despair for what is not the same, and embrace the gift of this child. My purpose becomes clear and my gratitude fills my heart with joy.”
So as we think about the many things that may not be the same this holiday season, may we all remember our purpose and find joy in what is right in front of you!