Artwork conceived by Robert Fahey and executed by Mat Brown. Robert was the most artistic boy at MSMS in 1982, as decreed by Noreen Abati and Richard Connors. And Mat is best-known for the Building 19 circulars of yesteryear.
No doubt they’ll receive detention for this.
But on a serious note, Mrs. Abati said two memorable things at the school’s parent orientation assembly in 2015:
- “Everyone loves little kids, of course. And then, when they’re in high school, you can relate to them almost like adults. It’s the kids in the middle that are the real challenge.”
- “Nobody here has made more mistakes than I have.”
The first one really rings true when you think about it. Early adolescence really is an awkward stage for parents and children. The physical intimacy and dependence of childhood is gone, yet true independence is nowhere in sight. And her humble admission about making mistakes is probably the gutsiest thing anyone in her position could possibly say.
Thank you for the memories, Mrs. Abati, and Mr. Lusas and Mr. Connors. Where will retirement take you? Point the way, Mr. Lusas: