The Morgens made South Whidbey a better place

Editor,

Kathryn and Michael Morgen, creative talented staples in our vibrant arts community, are leaving and I am sad to see them go.

My first memory of Michael is my first memory of feeling welcome into this small community. I was newly married, new to step-parenting and living in a new place where I knew no one. My two beautiful “bonus daughters” were involved at the Whidbey Children’s Theater (WTC), so I decided to volunteer there. I will never forget the first day I walked in, nervous because I knew absolutely nothing about theatre. I was a soccer mom, not a theatre mom. I wasn’t sure if that would keep me from being able to volunteer. And Michael, may the gods forever bless him, didn’t laugh when I told him this. Instead for the first time outside of my new home I felt welcome. And isn’t that what we all yearn for, that sense of belonging? Michael Morgen was the first to give that to me and little does he know, he has never failed me in that since.

I got to know Kathryn through Michael and then she came to work for WTC. There was now this amazing energetic person who touched my life in a different way. Kathryn gives all of us the gift of her — her energy, creativity and kindness. She is always ready with a hug, laughter or a song, whatever is needed to help you through the day. If not for Kathryn, how would any of us know that mercury was in retrograde and that was the reason for the craziness that was your life?

The Whidbey Children’s Theater will miss them.

I will miss them and our south island community will be less because they are not in it.

SOPHIA GOODE-HAWKINS

WCT Board president