I watched as the extraordinary women of my life appeared at my doorstep to celebrate the upcoming birth of our second baby boy. Checkbooks in tow, they were determined to hear about this non-profit I was so keen on. As we sat around the coffee table, my sisters from all parts of my life listened intently as Dinah explained First Teacher. By the end, they were bursting with questions for the parent leaders. Curiosity and excitement for First Teacher filled the room.
Every parent secretly fears that they are not giving enough to their children. In this moment, though, surrounded by my closest friends and family, I felt confident of the abundance of warmth our son would experience. It became clear that our baby was going to have so many people to turn to and so many resources in his life. It was in this vein, that my husband Matt and I had initially decided to honor First Teacher for our baby shower. What better way to welcome a baby into this world than to celebrate the future opportunities of all children in Boston! We want to live in a city where all parents have access to the same kinds of experiences and adventures as our family will have in the future. We believe that First Teacher parent leaders can help make that happen.
But Matt and I also feel a deep commitment to the city of Boston and its children. Both of our families are deeply rooted here going back three generations. Both of our families immigrated here from other countries with little money and unable to speak English. They pushed food carts, worked in shoe factories and made clothing. It was in Dorchester, Chelsea and Brookline that our grandparents found the love and support to raise their families despite numerous obstacles. Because of their success, it only made sense that we would extend that love to other families raising their children in Boston.
If Marisa's story inspired you to celebrate your child's birth by celebrating opportunities for all children, please contact Dinah Shepherd: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-238-7275