Bit by bit, the house is rising!
As the exterior and interior walls grow, it is easier to see where the rooms are situated, how large the rooms are, what the amazing view will be from each window, and how traffic might flow through the house.
It is wonderful to be able to walk through and imagine what was previously only in a blueprint…I observe: couch will go here, bed will go on that wall, and oh, the bathroom is bigger than I thought it would be!
I do wonder how Tony would feel about this house. He had firm ideas about houses and design. Every day I wish I could turn to him and say: “Honey, I can’t decide which door to choose for the bathroom doors. Oh, you already picked one out? Thank the gods.” 😉 I rather think he would like this new home up on the mountain, but he would take frequent trips to Houston, because he was always a city boy at heart, you know.
He is much in my thoughts, as you will see below.
I walked around the house and tried to label each room/area so you could begin to get a sense of the scope of the structure and its arrangement.
PLEASE click on a picture to open up the larger GALLERY. The captions are much easier to read and the pictures are larger, too!
My “blue funk” has been ameliorated by some really wonderful news!
For those of you who do not know, I lost my husband, Tony, in October 2010. Later in the Spring, I started talking with Kyle Parrish in the Development Office at St. John’s School, where Tony taught for 26 years, about ways to honor him.
Tony was a very popular and well-regarded teacher there. He maintained contact with many of his students over the years and he changed many lives (he would not say that so bluntly, but it is true). He held appointments in two different departments (Languages and History) and two different schools (Middle and Upper). He taught several grades of Latin, including AP Latin, tutored in Ancient Greek, and lectured in the Western Civilization history course. His biggest joy was his Philosophy course, a year-long seminar for seniors. He loved his students and worked with great skill and patience to connect with them, mentor them, and lead them to an understanding of their cultural and intellectual heritage–and its future. He never stopped learning and he never stopped smiling.
So, the news:
The Anthony C. Sirignano Classics Fund at St. John’s School in Houston is now a reality!
As the fund’s website notes:
“Thanks to the leadership of Jeremy Radcliffe ’92 and Taylor Chapman ’01, along with several of their classmates, the St. John’s community has the opportunity to help establish a new endowment fund in honor of the late faculty emeritus Anthony Sirignano. The Anthony C. Sirignano Classics Fund will support the St. John’s Classics program including the study of Latin, Greek, and Philosophy, subjects dear to Mr. Sirignano’s heart.”
Jeremy and Taylor spear-headed this endowment creation and I am forever thankful to them, and of course to Kyle, for their dedication and tenacity over these past two years. It took time to develop the plan and organize the drive to alert possible donors. The fund became solvent when it reached the goal of $50,000 which it actually did very quickly! You can help keep it growing, of course, and whatever you might decide to give is greatly appreciated, by both myself and St. John’s School and its students.
A plaque, including a bronze profile of Tony, will be dedicated at St. John’s during their annual Spring Fling in April. I plan to attend, of course. And I finally located a profile picture to help the artist!