by Kelly D.
Trusting anyone to care for our children and sending them out the door to an unknown environment is a leap of faith. The amount of thought, research, anxiety and hope that we spent to land at Waverly was more than any other decision we’ve made in our lives. It was not an easy decision then, and it is not an easy decision now.
Having had my kids at home for the last 77 days has filled me with so much emotion. At the center of that has been a sense of loss for all of these pieces of my children that I have missed out on over the last eight years. Waverly has been the holding place for all of those pieces. I am trying to soak up every learning moment, struggle, feeling of joy, tear, sigh, deep breath, laugh, meltdown, and accomplishment they are making during this time because I usually miss all of this. I honestly have considered not sending them back because, selfishly, I want all of these pieces to myself.
I realized something, though. For as many pieces of themselves that they have left at Waverly, they have added just as many. My kids are amazing people, whom I love spending time with, having conversations with, and learning from. So much of who they have become has come from Waverly. When I put my faith in Waverly, I put my faith in them finding a place where they would be taught how to walk through the world with integrity, honesty, empathy, and compassion. I wanted a school that would teach them the truth about the world. I wanted a place that would meet them where they were at and show them where they could go.
I would be lying if I said everything has worked for us. We have had some ups and downs at Waverly. Some amazing years and some tough years. Through it all, I have been clear that there will never be a perfect place that gets it right 100% of the time. It would be impossible to meet the needs of every single family in every single situation all of the time. I do believe that they always do their best. I do know that my kids have had more connection, support, and curriculum than any other kids I know during this crazy experience.
This week, we had to decide as a family what we want to do next year. The universe put in front of me what I needed to see. Heidi’s talk showed me that even though she can’t give us concrete answers that we so desire, she is speaking from her heart, and I believe they will give everything they have to do right by us. Hearing Leo teach middle schoolers with such passion and thoughtfulness about race, privilege, unrest, and movement is what I dreamed education could look like. My son telling me this was the first year he ever liked school because Molly lets kids be kids, and when you feel safe being a kid, it is fun to learn. We have decided again to put our faith in Waverly. We love this community and we look forward to the day we can see you again face to face.
Thank you, Waverly.