24 August 2007

A touch of class

As Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise would say, “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” Today we had our Upper School Tea, an annual event for our high school students in which they indulge in the delights of a cup of tea, cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam, and other sundries, both savory and sweet. It was an opportunity for everyone there to practice social graces, carry on polite conversations, and generally to experience a small but enjoyable aspect of civilized society.

We gathered in the academy’s Pope John Paul II Library. Several of the mothers prepared and served the tea, and it was one of those “nice traditions” that don’t necessarily change society, but certainly strengthen it. What a wonderful group of students we have, and now that some of them have begun their senior year here, I realize afresh just how difficult it’s going to be to say good-bye at the end of the academic year.