LAHS 1960

A Gift of Gratitude
Passing it Forward

The experiences I had at Los Altos High School, both good and bad, were valuable in my continuing to learn and become the person I am today.   After these fifty years, I feel a deep and abiding GRATITUDE to the teachers who taught me and to the classmates with whom I interacted. 

When my daughter went to Los Altos High School, I volunteered in some of her classes.  Now I live far away, and there is no longer anything I can do directly to "pass it forward" to the school and to today's students.

Thus, on the occasion of the 50th Reunion of our graduation class, I plan to give a monetary gift to the school.  I'm not a wealthy person, so it will not be a huge amount -- but any amount will allow me to express my gratitude. 

There are many areas one could choose to specifiy -- the Principal's Discretionary Fund (scholarships for special events) or the Associated Student Body Fund, the Library or the Music Program appeal to me.   The atheletic programs would appeal to others.

I plan to give my own gift when we take the tour of Los Altos High School on Friday, September 24, 2010.  If any of you are moved to give your own gift to Los Altos High School -- that time or any other time would be a good time.

Lynne Pfeiffer

QUOTES ABOUT GRATITUDE:
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.  ~Jean Baptiste Massieu

Praise the bridge that carried you over.  ~George Colman  

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.  ~Chinese Proverb   

 I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that
 gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton  

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder
  
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  ~William Faulkner

I have a desire to do something in return. To do thanks. To give thanks. Give things. Give thoughts. Give love. So gratitude becomes the gift, creating a cycle of giving and receiving, the endless waterfall. Filling up and spilling over… perhaps not even to the giver but to someone else, to whoever crosses one’s path. It is the simple passing on of the gift.
~ Elizabeth Bartlett, heart transplant recipient

 
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart
 
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard
 
If you have lived, take thankfully the past.  ~John Dryden

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.  ~Gerald Good
 
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.  ~Cynthia Ozick
   
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward