When my girls were old enough to talk, we started a family tradition on Friday nights. At some point between lighting candles, singing Kiddush and eating challah, I’d say “OK, high/low?” And so we go around and tell each other the best and the worst parts of our week. It has always been a simple way of checking in and sharing with one another. Tonight, as we light the Shabbat candles, I know that the “high” of my week will be obvious to every member of my family: The party TBA threw for me Saturday night.
I cannot even begin to adequately explain how much it all meant to me. From the very idea of the party to the gifts I was given to the wonderful things people said about me at the event, it was all overwhelming and so meaningful to me. I have always felt like I did my very best to make our school all it could be. But to hear this reflected by you — the congregants — in so many ways, is something I truly will never forget.
So to all who planned the event, came to the party, sang to me, took out a journal ad or shopped for me, Todah Rabbah. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting your hearts into making me feel so appreciated and loved. I am humbled and honored by all you have done and know that this past week will remain on my “high” list for a very long time to come!
Pamela Joy Barkley
Director of Education