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In Admiration of Claire

I am crazy about my daughter.

That observation will not surprise regular readers.  But after focusing on Claire as we celebrate the end of her high school days, I was reminded time and time again how wonderful she is.

Candice likes to say that Claire is the wisest person she knows.  I agree.  Case in point:  I’ve seen how everything she has done over the past few days has been done with a great deal of thought and purpose. Frankly, I’m amazed.

Last evening we joined Claire at the Senior Dinner – three families and a faculty member at each table, surrounded by the Senior Art Show with six of Claire’s photographs.  Claire had chosen her two table-mates – both talented friends where she feels comfortable and challenged – with a great deal of thought.  The faculty member was one of two-or-three teachers who have literally changed Claire’s life – in this case through his leadership of last summer’s six-week marine biology field school at Sanibel Island.

This morning we were back for the closing ceremonies.  Claire does not like to bring attention to herself, yet she performed with the Concert Choir, delivered – with the rest of the senior editors – the yearbook to the Head of School, and was recognized for the best photography and digital media piece in the senior art show.  As her college counselor said to us, Claire’s photography is at a “whole ‘nother level” that demonstrates a keen observational eye.  Andrew joined us and we all loved talking  about her art over a lunch in Glover Park.

The magical day ended with a dinner at the house of two classmates (also twins) and the Senior Prom.  Nothing about wisdom here…Claire simply looked lovely.

So I’ve posted a picture of the two of us at the pre-prom dinner, a photo of the Concert Choir from this morning’s closing ceremonies, and one of my favorite photographs from Claire of a good friend in an Irish setting.

I started this post by saying I was crazy about my daughter, and I am.  But I also have tremendous admiration for Claire – for what she does, who she is, and what she stands for.  We used that word in our sentiments expressed on her senior page:

With admiration and love to our dear Claire…for your generous spirit, joy, wisdom, humor, integrity, and compassion.  Our love and support go with you – Dad, Mom, Andrew (and Lilly)

I love you Claire.

More to come…


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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Debbie Crocker says

    I have much admiration for Claire as well. She is a beautiful young woman who is talented in so many ways. I love to have conversations with her about all the things she has experienced so far in her life. She is a wonderful, articulate, friendly, well rounded individual whom I am proud to call my niece. I love you Claire and wish you happy days ahead in college and beyond. I know that the world is a much better place because you are in it! Congratulations!

    Aunt Debbie

  2. Tom Brown says

    David, Thanks for telling the world what wonderful grandchilden I have.
    No brag — just fact.

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