Today I received in my school mail box an envelope with a return address from Turkey – as in the nation, former part of the Ottoman Empire, one time home to the mighty city of Constantinople (now Istanbul). This letter could be from one person only: esteemed HCXC alumni Anderson “Andy” Tuggle, class of 2009. I saw Andy last at our HCXC alumni reunion this past summer, and he had informed us of his plans for the coming year – to work at Gaziantep University in Turkey, teaching English. Coming from Andy, this news was not entirely surprising – he’d spent the previous year living and writing in India. Andy is a recent graduate of Hamilton College where, man after my own heart, he majored in history. His letter and the message contained therein could not have come at a more appropriate time. Though Andy could not have known I would be requesting messages from parents, siblings, fans, and alumni this week to give to the team on their way to state (and here let me include a final plea – if you are reading this and have not written a note to the team yet, please take a few minutes to do so! We’d love to hear from you – the more notes, the more powerful a testament to the power of our HC support network) his letter served exactly that function. Further more, the advice he gave is extremely prescient – prophetic even:
Wise words from a wise man (Andy, that is). To get wishes of good luck from across the globe at such a time as this is a good omen – as the battle approaches, we will remain calm, focused on what we can control, prepared to fix the proverbial bayonets if that is all we have left to fight.