In Memory

856422-bigthumbnailDeeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. Tapley, we wish his  family comfort and peace…

A strong advocate for children and fairness, his contributions were the most sought-after on our site.  Back in June, he shared this quote with us:

“I think the school board would be wise to read the following thoughts written by Kahlil Gibran in 1923. He explains so well what we all want the board to know our kids are our future and should have a voice, here are his words.”

Your children are not your children
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing
for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not
your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell
in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in
your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek
not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries
with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the
infinite, and He bends you with His might,
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand
be for gladness:
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.


2 responses to “In Memory

  1. Lisa, Thank you so much for your kind words about my husband it means a lot. He was a great man that loved Katahdin and its teachers. In times like this we realize how great our small schools are. Everyone from Katahdin has been great to my family during this time and we so appreciate it. Please keep up the fight for what is best for our kids. He will be forever missed.


    • Dear Denise, You, Chase, Evan and Vanessa have been in our thoughts.
      May comfort and peace find you. Jerry had such a rare depth of understanding about the needs of children and small schools and he commanded the utmost respect among our readers. He taught people a great deal, and stood imposingly for fairness for our rural children. He will be missed terribly and in all of our thoughts as we continue his endeavor.


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