The giant leap I took created a burst of warmth inside of me. The butterflies that were buzzing around in my stomach immediately flew away and retreated. Even though I hadn’t met them yet, the voices of Auntie Cathryn, Uncle John, and John Thomas Dye III were in my head, beautiful, beautiful voices of love, peace, and passion. The voices sang in my head, “Good morning earth, good morning sky, good morning John Thomas Dye”.
John Thomas Dye was the leap I had been waiting for all my life. I had been waiting to discover my place in the world, and when I took the leap, I knew right away that JTD was not only an amazing school, but my place, my home, and the setting where I really can live, and laugh, and love.
Throughout my time at JTD, from my giant leap and starting in First Grade to where I am now, about to graduate, my mind tells me just how fast time flies. And time doesn’t fly just when you’re having fun. Time flies when you’re home. This hall, this garden, this field, these classrooms, these birds chirping in the trees, that magical sound of the crackling fireplace at Carols, this lawn, and this campus are all my home. And I am reminded of this every single day. Seeing the lyrics of “Good Morning John Thomas Dye” in the hall, mentioning that JTD is a place of peace, love, and home. Staring at the fireplace, at JTD’s history in the hall. Seeing Auntie Cathryn, Uncle John, and John Thomas Dye III. From the moment I met them, I knew that they were my heroes, and our heroes. Still, when I look across the hall at their pictures on the wall, I hear their beautiful voices in my head. “Good morning earth, good morning sky, good morning John Thomas Dye.”
“And if I fall, or if I stumble, I know I’ve got a hand to help me carry on”. These words I couldn’t understand at first. As I took another step but leap into my First Grade classroom, the butterflies in my stomach started to return. Being the only new student in my class was hard for me. Everyone else in the class was welcoming each other back, reminiscing about their kindergarten year. I didn’t know how I would fit in.