Jay, Laura, and Caroline

It has been an interesting day.

Today I talked to Jay.

Jay was and I am sure is an icon of a person at New Trier. At least he was when I was there. At the time, he was working in the Staff Dining area and in the student area as well. Jay is one of those wonderful young people with a perennial smile on his face and always with something nice to say. He was always a favorite with all of the staff members.

Jay was, and I am sure is, a very hard worker, cleaning things, doing things that needed to be done, and always there for everyone.

I have seen him before in the Deerfield area, at one of the pools from afar, and at the gym but I have never before had a chance to talk to him. Each and every encounter we have had has been while we were each in the middle of a workout and I usually at the rowing machine. That is, until today…

Today I walked in the Swim Locker Room to find him getting ready to leave. Although I had racked my sixty something brain to recall his name before, only today did it flow from my memory banks. We bantered for a moment and I explained who I was, realizing that my bearded persona may not be the one he remembered.

It was a day for student recall.

Today I received a CD from a very talented, former French student, who is now on the Faculty at the University of Alabama, and doing amazing things with the cello. Thus explains the arrival of a CD I just purchased from her, ‘Reimagining Bach,’ her first CD. I had noted the information on her on Facebook and went to Youtube to see more of what she has been up to. I am listening to her music as I write. It is, in short, amazing.

Okay, and it continues…

I received an e-mail from a former student asking me if I would be willing to be a proofreader for her Master’s project. Caroline is now a 3rd grade teacher in a private Catholic school in Chicago and working on her post-graduate degree.

A lovely day of good memories of wonderful New Trier acquaintances and former students.

La vie est bonne.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.

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