I have a lovely family. Pictured above are my wife Cat; and then by age my sons Corwin and Keaton, and daughter Eleanor. Not pictured are my two oldest, Kacey and Eric, who have left the nest and are out there doing great things in the world. They are missed!
I’m something of a homebody, though it’s as much about enjoying time with my family as anything else. One of my great privileges is being able to watch my kids learn and grow, and become more caring and talented people as time passes. There are few things I enjoy more than a quiet evening at home watching the Nats game with Cat; or, a long weekend camping together at a state part in our RV.
Cat and I met in college, um, a while back. She is the greatest partner I could imagine. She is also an incredibly talented teacher. Her passion is guiding high school students as they learn environmental science and physics, and I learn so much from her about the wide diversity of student backgrounds, learning styles, and educational outcomes. She’s why I believe that the answers to improving the US education system are simple yet impossibly difficult: students flourish with the support of talented teachers, empowered with a level of autonomy to make decisions in the best interest of student learning and success, and who are supported through competent school administration. As long as the entry-level salary at a corporate law firm is three to four times that of a teacher, high-quality schools will be the exception to the rule.
This digression demonstrates another reason why I love my family so much: as individuals they are all interesting people I enjoy learning about. Corwin has discovered a passion for volleyball, which is a new sport to me but one which I’ve enjoyed spectating and learning about. Keaton is creative and talkative; his insights into the world are sometimes hilarious, and other times profound. Eleanor “has a song in her heart,” and a beautiful singing voice to match. There’s so much more I could write about them, but no amount of text would do them justice; you’ll just have to get to know them.