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"Another letter from a 'Waldenite'" - from Kathryn Kaufman Seay to Helen Herz Cohen

Kathryn Kaufman Seay (camper 1972–1976; head of drama 1987–1995)

Being lucky enough to have shared 15 summers with you at Walden, I have a wealth of memories. So when I tried to think of the best one with which to pay tribute to you, it was not so easy—until I remembered back to 1975, my Bunk 11 summer.

I had finished a pretty rough year at school and had just gotten into trouble at camp. You took me to what was then the middle office and gave me a legal pad of paper. You told me to list all the good things I had done the past year on one side of the page, and all the bad things on the other side. And then you left.

Helen Herz Cohen and Kathryn Kaufman Seay
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Helen Herz Cohen arm in arm with Kathryn Kaufman Seay.

I sat in there for some time and unfortunately, the list I made was much longer on one side. When you came back I handed it to you, but you didn't look at it. You told me it was enough for me to see the lists; that you didn't need to. But you did ask me how I felt about the two sides, and what I thought I would do about it.

And I must say that from then on, the two sides became more balanced and eventually, the weight completely shifted to the good side. So I thank you for your guidance on that day. And I thank you for sharing your wonderful Walden with me—then and now—for it still remains the one place I want to be when summer comes.

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Jewish Women's Archive. ""Another letter from a 'Waldenite'" - from Kathryn Kaufman Seay to Helen Herz Cohen." (Viewed on October 26, 2016) <>.


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