Monday, June 24, 2013

Lessons to Learn


Summer at Latham fills me with joy! Growing up in an urban/suburban environment had its perks but dropping by the beach on a sunny day wasn’t one of them. The trade-off we make is that for the next 10 weeks or so, a gazillion tourists will be trying to cash in on our happiness. More traffic, fewer parking spaces, long lines at the supermarkets and waiting times at restaurants. Yes, it would be so easy to growl at them and be less than welcoming. But you know what? We are all tourists somewhere at some point. There are life lessons here for our students. Being polite and helpful makes for good citizens and ambassadors of our town. Helping lost visitors, being patient in the van in traffic, getting books off of high shelves at the library are acts of kindness and patience and is an accurate description of a Latham student dealing with the unexpected. I could benefit from their example! So, welcome to Cape Cod, home to the greatest kids in the world, the Latham student! To quote Abe Lincoln in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure…."be excellent to each other” (Dude).

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant

“Even a snail will eventually reach its destination.” 
 ~Gail Tsukiyama

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