My husband and I helped move our younger daughter back to campus for her sophomore year at UNC Greensboro in August. Last year, she was there for only two weeks before students were sent home. Our older daughter also moved into a new place in Wilmington, North Carolina, a few months ago. We think we are empty nesters – like Leah Edwards and Todd Edwards, whose custom home in Governors Club looks like a haven for this phase in life (see page 104) – but the twists and turns of the pandemic could change our status once again.
Many people are resistant to change, but those who adapt tend to fare better in the long run. The teachers featured in this issue (on page 88) learned this lesson well, and they shared key moments that inspire them to keep calm and carry on doing their level best for students.
One of my favorite stories in this issue is about two young women who discovered their superpower – performance. India Nykamp and Jacqui Anthenien graduated in 2020 and were integral to the drama program at Northwood High School, but it was their experiences through the Pittsboro Youth Theater that transformed their potential into a passion for the performing arts. You can read their story on page 30.
Throughout this issue, you’ll see a theme of change and growth despite adversity. And that brings me to our Chatham 250 article about the “Aunt Rachel” apple on page 22. Though many apple varieties are extinct, the fruit of this particular tree survives thanks to the help of the late Lee Calhoun and others in our community who want to preserve this edible heirloom. I love the symbolism associated with apples – knowledge, temptation and the simple beauty of what is possible. – by Anna-Rhesa Versola