Returning to the East in October can be a weather crap shoot. Packing for a four day visit involves an overstuffed suitcase, two heavy carry-on bags, a warm, usually bulky coat, rain gear and L.L. Bean boots. The weather is unpredictable and becomes “topic one” for many conversations during trip preparation. If the weather is great, headmasters usually take full credit often alluding to their good fortune in parent addresses. Over the years, the annual October parents’ visiting weekend has featured rain, snow (freezing on the sidelines at number one son’s football game), chilly autumnal days with gorgeous clear skies and the most coveted, Indian summer.
The East knows how to do Fall. The West, a world of one if not two seasons has no clue of the richness found in the East’s Fall spectacle. Parents’ weekend featured family reunions, meals beyond institutional dining, home field advantage, often followed by wins; and much needed sleep for students. For some, bulky warm clothing made an unnecessary journey across the country!