What a beautiful weekend in front of us, friends!
It looks as if Mother Nature will be beckoning us to enjoy this end-of-summer weekend with some special time in the sun and the breeze and the cool, starry nights. Mountains, ponds, fields, rivers, lush gardens, and friendly yards encourage us to take a break, to breathe in that air, to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us and will sustain us. And we need that right now!
The extraordinary stress of this pandemic has taken its toll. For all of the “silver linings” that we notice – and there are many – there is real loss. This week, many in Lyme mourn Jackson Sweet, a loved one, classmate, and extended family member who died by suicide on Sunday, August 30th. It is deeply sad. May the sunny day provide a warm hug to those who will be remembering him together tomorrow. We share prayers and comforting thoughts with those who mourn Jackson, and all who are missing cherished ones. We wish for you a sense of hope amidst the sadness, with a future blessed by gifts and memories of your special people.
More often, our losses have been less concrete, and perhaps even less permanent, but they all have taken something from us. Since March, we’ve seen a full spectrum of losses, but quite a stunning array of unexpected goodness too. It’s quite a backdrop as we enter a fall and school year like no other.
Let’s remember the promise of the newness that comes during this season. We get back to learning and get down to business, as the earth is releasing its bounty and preparing for its season of rest … big transitions in every direction. All this, after a summer filled, for many of us, with strategizing and planning and not a little worrying. School staff and parents have been hard at work ensuring that our children will get back in the classroom safely, with creative approaches to provide the best education possible, and flexibility to respond to the changes we are sure to experience. Despite the questions that are still unanswered and the challenges that remain, there really is so much to look forward to as the Lyme School opens up next week.
During the Lyme Covid Response Team meeting this week, Brad Choyt, Crossroads Academy Head of School, reported on their first few days being back to school. The planning and preparation had done its job. It was a good start! You could hear the uplift in Brad’s voice as he described the joy of being together with the children, their spirit a “tonic.” Of course! Such an encouraging and hopeful reminder.
Please have a wonderful weekend, exploring all there is to do around us. One special opportunity TODAY (Friday) is to help Willing Hands glean cherry tomatoes and kale at Cedar Circle Farm at 1:30pm. Click on the link to sign up or call Sara Cavin (firstname.lastname@example.org, office: (802) 698-0265, mobile: (802) 233-5875). If today doesn’t work, you’ll find other opportunities this weekend and later this month.
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This Labor Day weekend, let’s be sure to make some of that “labor” calming our minds, counting our blessings, finding joy … filling our hearts and replenishing our energy for what’s ahead.