Oct 5th 2023 – my mother’s birthday. (She would have been eighty-eight.) I am in Studio 2 of The Barrow Group’s arts center, which is filled with Barrow Group teachers. They are talking, eating food, and laughing. We all wander into TBG’s new studio theatre, where just thirty minutes ago, the workmen finished sweeping piles of construction dust off the floor. Robert Serrell raises his glass to give a toast to Eric Paeper, who designed this space, and to everyone who has worked hard to keep this company thriving. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I raise my glass and say,
“May we all continue to enlighten and inspire every person who walks through these doors for the next thirty years.”
I have known some of TBG’s teachers for over thirty years – so much history, and so many magical moments.
Whenever my mother and I were together we always said, “We have so much to be grateful for,” and we do.
I am grateful for The Barrow Group.
I am grateful that I have the opportunity to teach others and share my artistry.
I am grateful for the magical relationships The Barrow Group has helped nurture.
Every morning, when I walk my dog Trigger, I practice being mindful about the things I am grateful for. The day, my health, my children Phillip and Rachel, Trigger, and my husband, Seth.
And, of course, all of you.