Lessons from Lower School
Lunchtime was always my favorite time of the day when I was a little girl. From a young age, I have always loved to chitchat. And at my small, Quaker, all-girl’s school, chitchat wasn’t part of classroom time: discussion was highly encouraged; random conversation was not. In fact, every week, we even had silent meeting. Silent Meeting is a Quaker tradition where you gather with your peers to individually reflect in silence, often for an hour. For a precocious little girl with very high energy levels, this was my least favorite part of the week, as one might imagine.
But now, living in New York City, I have come to find that moments of silent reflection are not only therapeutic but necessary. In this frenetic city of honking horns and hustlers, I cherish time to myself. Perhaps on a park bench watching the passerbys, or my favorite time of day, after I get out of the shower and into my robe before getting dressed. I always allot an extra ten minutes of time to get ready so I can do just that. Sit in blissful silence.
I was very lucky to go to such a special school with traditions and values that date back to its foundation in 1884. Being in a small, all-girls environment for lower and middle school allowed me to develop into the confident and outspoken woman that I am today. It was an environment that, ever since a young age, taught me to pursue my goals with gusto and not to shy away from a challenge. I’m sure that I would not be living in New York running my own business without those influential formative years. I still love the noise, though. But despite my seemingly endless need for stimulation and activity, I have come to realize that you can’t truly enjoy the clamor without moments of calm.
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Skirt is by Theory and top is by Joie.