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C O N C O R D A C A D E M Y A L U M N A E / I A S S O C I AT I O N

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by Jamie Klickstein ’86, P’15, ’18, Alumnae/i Association President

so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.

SENIOR SPRING , 1986 …

sunny and balmy outside. I sit in poetry class. Parkman Howe passionately recites the 16 words of William Carlos Williams. On my left Sandy Yusen, on my right Peter Zimble. We have long since stopped reading the homework for class … but that wheelbarrow, that teacher, that moment—pure CA magic. On the one hand, it was a typical classroom interaction; on the other, it became a milestone moment. Now when we refer to The Red Wheelbarrow we hold four years of memories in three words.

Many moments capture my feelings about CA then: • Entering the P.A.C. for my first announcements as a 4’ 11” freshman, Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House booming from the speakers overhead, Marcus Kuhn taking his seat complete with spiked Mohawk haircut, black leather jacket, and dog collar (my one thought: This place is way too cool for me). • Arguing passionately with Deanna Douglas that God does not exist in a Philosophy of Religion independent study; five years later Deanna becomes a rabbi. • Volunteering years later as an admissions interviewer, thrilled and amazed at an articulate 13-year-old girl in an interview, horrified when I return home to the screams of my 2-year-old in full tantrum (will she ever be that 13-year-old?). • Hearing my daughter yelp 11 years later when she gets a thick, bright green envelope from the Admissions Office. • Four years after that, listening to my classmate Sarah Koenig deliver the speech at my daughter’s graduation … the magic circle nearly complete.

This spring the New York Times reported that a scholar had located the actual red wheelbarrow in Mr. Williams’ poem, owned by Thaddeus Marshall, an African-American street vendor from Rutherford, N.J. The discovery prompted a series of excited emails among Sandy, Parkman, and me. Parkman weighed in with the following: “I thought of you all when I read this article. We’re not alone—But what does it mean, after all?” He closed in true Parkman form, channelling The Bard: “When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning, or in rain?” This fall my son joined the class of 2018, with the promise of yet more magic moments.

CATalks • CAService • CANetworking • CAGives • CAReunion

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