That's what we were looking for when we went to Highland Community School to enroll Coen at age three.
And that's what we found.
This rainy Friday morning, Coen, Lucy and I all marched out of the house to the van. Coen was holding a permission slip and a check for his upcoming elementary camping trip which he will go on with his classmates, friends, and his daddy. Lucy was holding a container of brownies which I baked last night for a parent night tonight. I was holding a pot of spaghetti for Tad's classroom camping trip fundraiser.
In Tad's classroom, I got hugs from his students, thanking me for buying them all something at yesterday's bake sale--Coen's classroom's camping fundraiser. When we went into the building, Lucy's teacher stopped us and talked to us about a new lesson that Lucy's been working on and to have a conversation with Coen. One of Coen's classmates was waiting in the kitchen for someone to escort her across the parking lot to her classroom so she came with us. I ran into another parent with a big pot of spaghetti for today's fundraiser.
On the way out of the parking lot I passed by the mom who is hosting Coen and three other boys for a sleepover tonight and we had a quick conversation about sleeping bags and overnight things. I waved to several others as I pulled out and they waved back.
Tomorrow I will spend several hours volunteering at school with many other parents and teachers who love it and want to be involved. Yesterday I was in the foyer gathered around with other parents at the bake sale.
All this is just stuff that was going on this morning and it's always happening at Highland. I wish I could put the feeling I get at school, at school events, watching my kids so comfortable in this place that is-in the end-their second home...into words.
The people who love and build and grow Highland are the community. And to leave there on a rainy Friday morning...a pretty typical school day...on my day off and feel this much joy makes me feel indescribably lucky.
|Coen and some friends making a fort out of logs on the playground|
|Lucy hearing a story with some friends at Highland's Cultural Celebration|
|Mr. Barry, our Enrichment Coordinator, entertaining the kids on the playground|