The Wartman Family
The first time I saw Brynn, on a big grassy field at sunset during the annual Colby College lobster bake, she immediately put a smile on my face. Unlike the rest of us adults who were standing around socializing, she was playing with her little boy. They were playing some game where he was running toward her, and I don't know whose face was more full of playful surprise and sheer joy. He was ruuuuuunning to her and Bam! She'd catch him! Over and over. So simple, yet so much fun. Then I met Jed, who was holding the most adorably chunky baby boy I'd seen all summer. I literally fell in love with his cute baby feet. The baby's, (not Jed's). I shouldn't have been surprised that this family knows how to have fun wherever they go; Jed is the Director of Campus Life at Colby and Brynn is an arts educator, at least by training, though she's pretty much amazingly talented at everything she touches. I just attended an auction where a piece of art she made as a collaborative project with her son's preschool class sold for hundreds of dollars. (Not to mention she is just a really *real* person, you know what I mean? And she has great style. I've even seen her wear big, colorful earrings while holding a baby. I'm pretty sure if I did that, my kids would have eaten them.)
They're not new to Maine; before living on the Colby campus, they lived in Hallowell. Before that, both earned their graduate degrees from Harvard, and Jed went to Bowdoin for undergrad. I can't remember where Brynn went for undergrad, but I do remember she spent some time in Seattle, and her Master's is in education (like mine)! A teacher at heart, she has an intuitive way of showing her boys the world, by connecting with them at the heart. And that is where all art ultimately comes from.
We live the lives we create. The process is messy and changing all the time. But the life they are creating for themselves as a family is full of understanding, patience, humor, creativity, fun, and above all, radiant love.