Teacher? Lawyer? Doctor? Business Consultant? Barbee Gilman could have been anyone of these but instead has decided to stay home while her children are still school-aged and devote her time to her family, her community, volunteerism and leading the Children’s Museum & Theatre Board of Directors. As a passionate friend of the Museum & Theatre for over 10 years, Barbee thoroughly believes in the mission of the organization and we are very proud to have her involved at the very highest board level possible. Because Barbee’s work with the Museum & Theatre is exemplary and we can’t thank her enough for her commitment and positive attitude, I have asked her to share some of her reflections and happy Museum & Theatre moments with us:
“I am the President of the Board of the Children’s Museum and Theatre, and someone recently asked me why I am still involved with the organization even though my kids are older now. I replied, “That’s easy–The Children’s Museum literally saved me that first winter I moved to Maine from New York City!” I took my kids all the time–they loved it, and I was very impressed with the range and quality of the programs offered. I was so appreciative that this fun–and educational–resource existed in our community. I truly believe that education is second only to health in importance, and that the years from 0-6 are critical: The Museum & Theatre is a place where kids can learn and grow during those vital years–and the best part is that parents can witness it firsthand!
As the school year comes to a close, we are once again reminded how fast time flies and how quickly our kids are growing up. We long for the beautiful Maine summers, but it also seems that these days are bittersweet as we watch our child “graduate” from his or her first year of pre-school or kindergarten….or in my case, finish his first year of high school! Now, as I look up (literally) to my oldest, I reminisce about those days when, instead of driving to various sports activities, we were hanging out at a playground or spending our days at the Museum & Theatre.
So, to those of you with that “terrible two” or that three-year old who will only leave the house in her Disney princess costume, I have one piece of advice: remember that each stage is fleeting, and try to slow down the clock by creating special memories. The Museum & Theatre is a place where you can do just that: drive the firetruck; fly the space shuttle; have races with balls; participate in Big Messy Art! And, then, do it again and again, because before you know it, they are the ones driving and the balls you are seeing are the ones in the air during their high school games.”