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A Word From the Head


May 22, 2014
Mr. Rod Gilbert, Head of School


Rememberwhenisms

The word rememberwhenisms – though not in the American Heritage Dictionary – nonetheless holds an important role in the human heart. It usually goes with, “Hey guys, remember when we took that tractor out of the barn and . . . .” or “Remember the year it rained so hard at the football game that we crammed ALL of the fans into the Event Center?”

In our administrative team meeting this week, we spent time giving many rememberwhenisms.  One of our team members  shared about the year the septic did not work properly on our Tarrytown campus, and the parents discovered PlugIns. Dads showed up and put one in every plug. Yuck! Another recounted when grades 5 – 12 were all in the Logic Building.

Did you know that we once used the Regents parent’s collective fine China and silver for Grandparents Day (which they unanimously voted to NEVER do again), or that before we had Café Regents we ordered a fast food of the day for the student’s lunch, or that all of the boys wore seemingly flame-retardant green pants as their school uniform? It is cliché, but it is something akin to “Those were the days…..”

Our Holy Spirit has a way of sanctifying our memory. Were all things good in the early days? Of course not. It is the same way with our families. God somehow superintends into our souls and helps us remember the past with fondness and appreciation. This gentle memory skill deepens our appreciation and love for life.

So, now as we finish 13-14, it is good to remember the good times of this year. Was it all perfect as wagging puppy dog tails? No. Did we all have good experiences that will come to our minds in 15 or 20 years? Yes. I remember sitting with Coach Beck and Sam at Austin’s City Hall praying about their vote on the athletic fields. My heart pounded and my mouth was dry. After so many years of being in the fight, I was not convinced that it would really happen. And yet, today I watched our construction team as they installed beautiful green sod. Ten years from now I hope to be at a game where I will recollect sanctified memories of 13-14. In 2024 I will think, yes, 2013-2014 was a great year to remember.


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Rod Gilbert
Head of School

B.S. Economics
M. Divinity, Mid Amer Sem
Ph.D. (candidate) S Baptist Sem
Interests: soccer, Alpine dairy goats

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