A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Claudia Bonn is Wave Hill’s President and Executive Director. 

What a true delight it was for me to leave behind my meetings, office and the flurry of papers to sit under Wave Hill’s magnificent sugar maple tree and read stories to 20 young children! 

This summer, Wave Hill staff are "mystery readers" Tuesday mornings, when we invite children ages three and older to join us outdoors for a story.

Yes, I was the “secret reader” a few Tuesdays ago regaling the preschoolers with the adventures of the runaway bunny and the bird who couldn’t find his mother (my own children’s favorites).  It brought me back to my years of teaching – those sure were “the olden days” – and the real joy in sitting quietly on a magnificent summer day and gazing into the faces of these beautiful children visiting Wave Hill. 

It was a real unexpected joy and an important reminder of why we work as hard as we do at Wave Hill.  All of us should take some time to step out of our everyday routine and put on another persona. To see the world through the eyes of a young child is priceless. 

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