A.I. Totten: A Thanksgiving for a Role Model

During our Grandparents and Special Friends Day celebrations on each of St. George’s Campuses this week, I had the opportunity to speak briefly about the vitally important role of grandparents and friends in the lives of our students. During my brief remarks, I mentioned that my own grandparents had played critical roles for me growing up. Just thinking of my grandparents reminded me that a great educations for our children most often results from partnerships between student, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and schools. My reflections yesterday reminded me of the blog entry below from a few years ago.

Ross All Over the Map

My grandfather A.I Totten, led a remarkable life and though he passed a number of years ago now, I still think of him often. (In fact, I think of all my grandparents often, and I am certain I will write about each on this blog at some point.) A letter I wrote to him on the occasion of his 90th birthday seems particularly appropriate today—Thanksgiving. I am so fortunate to have had a number of role models both in my family and beyond it. I am particularly thankful to have people in my life about whom I can say things like I wrote to him.  Here is an excerpt:

“Papa, I have been thinking of what to say in this letter that will reflect what I appreciate most about you. In the end I see in you an example of what I want to be—how I want to care…

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2 thoughts on “A.I. Totten: A Thanksgiving for a Role Model

  1. Robert Ryshke November 25, 2015 / 11:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Ross! Grandparents can be our inspiration.


  2. margaret.t.peters November 25, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Have shared with Randy and Ellie. Sure it will mean a lot to themIt did to me! 

    Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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