Simple outdoor pleasures...
Riding my bike along roads so remote that one must count the hours per car, not cars per hour, and wonder, "Why would anyone be driving way out here, in the middle of nowhere?"
Sailing or paddling in waters so quiet that most of the beings around me have wings or fins
Hiking on trails too pretty to describe...
Deeper pleasures at work...
Singing with students,
Challenging the most able students with problems so hard that they must think deeply and flexibly to solve them,
Giving enough support to those who struggle that they know I really care.
And the deepest pleasures I know: Family.
Late this Sunday evening, I am savoring exactly one of those:
The success of my daughter, Elizabeth Price Gurney, M.D., who graduated with honors from New York Univeristy Medical School last week. She earned the AMWA Glasgow-Ruben Achievement Citation for outstanding academic achievement and professionalism.
For one whole week, I had the delight of sharing with Elizabeth this milestone in the company of people whom I have loved deeply for many decades.
Jeanette Lendino Gurney, James Gurney, Elizabeth Gurney, M.D., me, Sarah Glade Gurney
outside Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, May 13, 2010