Remembering Anna Jane....
Dear Laurie, Jenn and Family,
I am filled with such love and gratitude for the gift of Master Warren’s and Teacher Anna Jane’s presence in my life for almost my whole life and starting in 1962 when I was in the 8th grade at Westtown. From that time on, their love and support was always there and available – when I stopped in to see them at Stone House, when my family and I visited them on Nantucket, or when I met up with Anna Jane at Webs in Northampton to talk knitting, then have a delicious lunch at her house.
No matter where or when, they made me feel seen and heard. Their genuine interest in me as a person has given me something I continue to aspire to every day of my life and pass forward.
Thank you for sharing your parents with me and with all those they’ve touched throughout their lives. I will always cherish the many memories I have of both Warren and Anna Jane.
I did take a memorial walk on Sunday, June 28th, feeling a connection not only to Anna Jane and Warren, but with you both, as well. Below is a collage of some of the photos I took on my Anna Jane Walk. When I looked up at the fork in the tree branches (upper left photo,) Anna Jane and Robert Frost's poem, The Road Not Taken popped to mind simultaneously. It made me feel she was near and continues to believe in me and continues to encourage me to look for the best in life and to walk my own path.
Teacher Anna Jane Remembered…
8th grade English at Westtown;
Engagement to Warren Krebs announced on our blackboard by Master John Nicholson;
Stone House visits throughout Upper School;
Her harp in the living room;
Chats in the kitchen while she worked;
Enjoying playing with the babies;
Visits across the road to their home by the tennis courts after graduation;
Nantucket, Nantucket, Nantucket…
Sharing my family with T. Anna Jane & M. Warren over the years;
Lunch at their beautiful Turkey Hill Road home;
Meeting at WEBS in Northampton to drool over the many luxurious yarns;
Sitting on the porch, chatting and knitting;
Seeing my adult daughter, another avid knitter, excited to meet up with Anna Jane in Northampton in the summer of 2017;
A smile and genuine interest that always made me feel seen, heard and appreciated;
Love you. Miss you. Both you and Master Warren remain close to my heart now and always.
Laurie, thank you for reaching out to me and for the continued connection. Your Mom and Dad were two of the most special people in my entire life. I feel very blessed.
Windsor Locks, Connecticut