From the Editor: Always Proud



I’ve been thinking about this letter since late May, when we finalized plans for our Ten Teens to Watch photo shoot. As in the past, I coordinated the time to arrive, what to bring, what to wear—and what not to wear—with the teens and their parents for the early June studio session. I chatted with excited parents, whose pride burst out in every e-mail and phone call leading up to that day. At the shoot, we joked about the embarrassment their emotion caused their honored kids, whose credentials include sky-high GPAs, and numerous awards and achievements.

But this year’s different; I know exactly how these parents feel. You see, I too have a child who is a senior at a Stamford high school (two of the profiled teens are classmates.) He knows how proud his father and I am of everything he has accomplished so far, but it’s hard to resist the urge to brag just a little. And as I already grow a tad nervous about his impending departure to college, I remember that first day at nursery when I walked him in and handed him off to his teacher; the first day at middle school when I drove him up to the front door and waved (he waved back); and the first day of high school when he, well, just ran out the door.

I also think of friends who are parents, like Valerie Foster, who wrote our glowing review of Bar Q, and whose children are all grown and having children of their own. There is Beth Cooney, who profiled our teens and whose sons I’ve known since they were born. A shout-out to our Moffly production manager, Carol Roy, who makes fun of my empty-nest anxiety now that her son has graduated from Fairfield U., but patiently listens to my mom-of-teenage-boy stories.

In our fashion feature, going glam without a hat on, you’ll recognize Sarita Hanley, a friend whose four children are the pride of her life. Sarita agreed to be our Stamford model, joining other local ladies in a special section that was produced by Market Editor Carisha Swanson and Art Director Garvin Burke. During her shoot, Sarita had to weather summer heat and humidity, posed for hundreds of images, and in each one, came out as fresh as the next. Gracias, Sarita.

As school begins, many of us wonder what the education reform bill will bring (see page 80). For parents of seniors, our focus will also be on what lies ahead after our children graduate. The countdown begins for their college journeys to begin, and I can’t wait for this part of my son’s life to get started. But keep the tissues handy. I’m already getting a little weepy.

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