You Never Know Who Is Watching

Men of McCallie,

I witnessed three things this week that reminded me of what it means to be part of this community.

Mentoring: I saw a senior walk up to a freshman and give him a “high five” for doing well on a test. It was obvious that the senior was involved, interested, and genuinely excited for the “little guy.”

Genuine Concern: Later that day a young man walked up to me, looked me squarely in the eye, and asked what kind of day I was having. It struck me that he truly wanted to know and that he cared. Even more impressive to me was his willingness to make the effort.

My dad always said that taking care of the little things would make handling the bigger things much easier. I have found this to be true.

Responsibility: The next day as I was taking my plate and glass to the dish return, I saw a napkin, actually several napkins, fall off of a guy’s plate as he was walking to return his dishes. He was obviously in a hurry given that his pace had created the draft that caused the napkins to fall to the floor. He could have kept going and let someone else pick up the trash on the floor. Without any idea that I had seen him, he stopped in his tracks and picked up the napkins.

Men, these were little things, but they occur on a daily basis on the Ridge and are the threads of the fabric that makes our school unique. My dad always said that taking care of the little things would make handling the bigger things much easier. I have found this to be true.

Finally, your Cross Country team won the City Championship for the 12th time in 17 years. Not surprisingly, the JV won as well. To borrow a quote from one of my favorite movies, Forrest Gump, “Those boys are running fools.” It is great to see guys compete with such passion.

Have a good week,

Dean Sholl

Tags: A Word to the Wise community concern First Person mentoring responsibility Upper School Life

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