Thank you, 60 Minutes!

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Sarah Porter founded Miss Porter’s School.

I learned at a young age how the universe can change the course of our life in an instant.

For me, 60 Minutes changed my life. One minute I was attending High School in Indiana and the next minute I was at Miss Porter’s School (boarding school) in Connecticut.

Years ago, my parents were watching 60 Minutes when a segment on girl’s boarding schools came on. My father called to me to come watch the show. When it was over, he asked if I would like to go to boarding school. My answer was an excited, “YES.”

My parents did not attend College. They really valued education. They were self taught devouring books and watching all sorts of educational shows. Opera and classical music were big in our house. They wanted to offer their children the education they did not receive.

Attending Miss Porter’s School changed my life. Our claim to fame was that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis graduated from MPS, but more than that, the school instilled in us the powerful feeling that “girls” are here “to make a difference” in the world “no matter what we do!”

Last week the Universe was at work AGAIN. I am new to Seattle and trying to make friends. You can imagine my surprise when I saw an email from an Ancient of MPS asking if fellow Washington Ancients would be interested in getting together.

Wow – what a pleasant surprise! Suddenly, we were exchanging emails, hoping we weren’t the most Ancient in the group, i.e. Class of ’67, ’04, ’85, ’72, etc. It was fun!

So, all I can say is “believe” in change, “believe” in miracles, keep your eyes and ears open and be ready to take advantage of special “unexpected” opportunities that come to you. They say, “LUCK is when OPPORTUNITY meets PREPARATION!” Which means we create our own luck in life.

For me, I say, “Thank you, 60 Minutes” for opening the doors for me to study out East.

7 thoughts on “Thank you, 60 Minutes!

  1. What a neat story! I just went to plain old high school, however, I live in the eastern part of the states, so I can relate to the “educated in the east” part.

    And I love the way that your experience came full circle with a reunion of sorts. Now, you will have to follow up this post with a reunion post. Digging deep, write about surprises, how ideologies have changed, how your experience was so different, or so similar, even so many years apart. Just an idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, I am interested in knowing “how” these other ladies ended up going to MPS, especially back in the 50s/60s and from the Pacific Northwest, which is so far from the East Coast. I will share a reunion update when it happens.I am curious about the same things you are. Thanks for the message.

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  2. I am a firm believer in fate and destiny. The universe seems to always give you what you need, right at the time when you need it (although I’ve found, it doesn’t always give you what you want, though!). So glad you were able to find the other Ancients! …it’s amazing, isn’t it? I am always in constant awe of how the Internet has given us so many opportunities to meet and get to know people from all over the world. This story was really uplifting!!!!

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  3. I can’t agree with you more. Whenever a door closes in my life, a few others fling wide open and opportunities beckon. But only if your eyes are open to it. I think that is what makes me an eternal optimist, and the Universe as you call it, has not let me down. Love your post!

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