Mental Peace Relays: A Thanksgiving Story | Norman Kim-Senior | 9 Min Read

Is it possible to share one’s peace of mind with another person?  If it’s possible, does it matter?  When I sent the first text message that eventually led to the formation of A Mile With You, the COVID Memorial Walk and Run and the completion of two half marathons and a full marathon within a 12-month period, I did not realize that this was the question that I had set out to answer.  The arrival of COVID with accompanying traumas of lockdowns and deaths produced a kind of anguish and isolation that I had previously recognized as key features of life at the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder.  

At the bottom of the ladder is where I grew up with my family and many of the families that lived in my community.  Living as we were on the margins of power and status, we dealt with the persistent sense of insecurity that accompanied our lives by showing up in any way that we could for our neighbors in their time of need.  A visit, a prayer, a loan to buy a pound of rice or flour, a shared contact to get a sick relative to the hospital late…

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Norman Kim-Senior

Born in Jamaica, Norman holds a B.A. in Spanish and Economics. He also has a master’s degree in Spanish and has taught in independent schools for over 17 years. Norman is currently a faculty member at Episcopal High School where he teaches Spanish, serves as a student advisor, and is the assistant coach for boys' JV soccer. Norman is also the Director of Externships for the McCain-Ravenel Center. He is passionate about building and sustaining good communities both within the school context, as well as in society as a whole. Norman welcomes opportunities to build mutually beneficial relationships between schools and community organizations so that students can gain direct experience of the work of creating healthy communities. Norman’s wife, Tran Kim-Senior, also works at Episcopal as a Senior Associate Director of Admissions. She is always a vital voice in the editing process and a passionate social justice practitioner as well. In his free time, Norman enjoys spending time with his family, running, biking, reading, watching movies and inventing stories for his kids.