Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,
I hope you all had time to unwind and enjoy your family and close friends over the Thanksgiving break. In relaxing with my family and friends last week, I was able to share with my lovely wife Lori that our dogs (Toby, Smush-E-Face, and Wasabi) are such an integral part of our family and our psyche.
Our faithful pets remind us of what is important in life and how we must treat ourselves and each other during the busy upcoming holiday season. Here are just a few things that I have learned from my dogs:
- When loved ones come home, always make sure to greet them.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure joy.
- Take naps.
- Stretch before rising.
- Run and play daily.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
- When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- Be loyal.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
- Enjoy every moment of everyday.
As the holiday season is upon us, pay attention to the holiday memories that you are creating for your children. Are they memories of stress and craziness or ones that exemplify the season of love, hope and giving? Take 5 to 10 minutes out of each day for yourself – either in the morning, or sometime during the day – that you can break away and have time to think and reflect. Finally, and probably most importantly, remember that the most memorable thing about the holiday is your “PRESENCE,” not the “PRESENTS.”
CHRISTmas : Jesus is the reason for the season!
With warm regards,
Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550