I knew it was coming—I really did! That doesn’t make it any easier as I write my very last newsletter as your director. Over the years, Patty and I have made a concerted effort to not personalize these monthly messages and to keep them informative and timely. This month—that policy is not in effect, as I share with you some of my thoughts about LANK, its children, teachers, and parents.
You have heard me say how much I love what I am privileged to do and that is absolutely true. It is an amazing job, full of joy, surrounded by energy, and up-lifted by laughter.
Together we have shared some exciting times in the last twelve years. There have been 3 major renovations, a derecho, at least 5 huge snowstorms, dozens of new babies, weddings, illnesses—we have laughed together and sometimes cried as well. And this is exactly the point. LANK is not just a school, it is a warm, tightly knit community of families and staff who join together to give the children in our care the very best educational beginning. We are there for each other—no matter what. Soon LANK will have a new director and we are thrilled to welcome her. Fresh approaches and new directions are vital to any organization. But in all the important ways, LANK will stay LANK. What you love will always be here. I will miss you all. You have been wonderful to me.
The years have literally flown by, full of the richest rewards possible given freely by the dearest children in the world and their caring parents. I will hold you in my heart forever and cherish the wonderful memories.