I think This May Be The First Time I’ve Drawn a Vacuum
In case all of you are doubting it, all these flyers are 100% true. I went to a private hippie school, Peninsula School, starting in nursery school and on through eighth grade. I consider it my hometown in a way. In addition to calling a number of my classmates close friends after so much time, it STILL has a huge impact on my life today. I have an all school photograph taken in 1984, hanging on my studio wall, and when someone asked me what it was, and I told them, Graham immediately followed with, “Peninsula is a big part of knowing Summer.”
Like all private schools, it wasn’t cheap. I’m not sure how my parents paid for it up until fifth grade, given that having a home was sometimes precarious, much less independent schooling. I do, however, know that at one point, it looked like I wasn’t going to be able to stay due to finances. Things were pretty bleak, and my dad did what he could to make sure that I could stay there. Every sunday, he would go to Peninsula and do janitorial duties so that I could stay as a student.
Of course, in the beginning, he made me do it with him. Looking back on it, why wouldn’t he? As a ten year old, who had a sketchy homelife (which included an even sketchier relationship with parents), and who didn’t quite understand that my dad was providing a privelaged experience in the only way he could, I wasn’t gracious about going with him. I was FURIOUS about it. I akinned it to a popularity contest with my step mom, who went once with us and then never “had to” go again. I thought he was MEAN and UNFAIR. I didn’t get it and wouldn’t for a long time.
There’s a lot of dirty laundry in my history with my parents, but my dad deserves to be acknowleged for providing the one safe place, where I felt at home, where I was building some of the most important connections of my life, and which continues as a driving foundation for my life today.
I’m sorry I was such a brat, dad. Thanks for knowing me enough to know I needed that place, and for making sure it was there. I love & salute you!