Townley Brooks Graney '41, P '79

"I had a habit of sneaking out of my room at night to walk the trails, alone or with one or more of the other girls. I loved the woods at night, particularly moonlit nights."

I was not one of Aunt Dot’s favorite students. In fact, I was not infrequently in trouble. I had a habit of climbing out my bedroom window at night to walk the trails, alone or with one or more of the other girls.  This was not acceptable behavior!  I loved the woods at night, particularly moonlit nights.

Imagine my surprise, then, when Aunt Dot extended to me this act of kindness. I had a very bad cold and needed to spend nearly a week quarantined in the infirmary. I was feverish, miserable and missed home. Aunt Dot came to visit, bringing with her a sprig of one of my very favorite wildflowers, Epigaea repens (trailing arbutus or mayflower). Without much more than a word, she laid the evergreen branch with tiny clusters of pale pink flowers next to my bed, bringing my beloved forest inside to me when I could not go outside to it. I felt unexpectedly nurtured by a woman whose job had heretofore been to scold me.
-Townley Brooks Graney ‘41, P '79
 
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THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for students grades 9-12/PG.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
The White Mountain School admits students of any race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Specific questions regarding Title IX should be directed to the School's Title IX coordinator at TitleIX@whitemountain.org. Specific questions regarding Section 504 should be addressed to the School's Section 504 coordinator at Section504@whitemountain.org.