This is my favorite spirituality season at All Saints, when we spend time reflecting on the role of awe and wonder in our lives. As the trees lose their last leaves, and the days grow shorter, it feels right and natural to engage with these ideas. Students of all ages love sharing the things in life that amaze them, as well as the many things they wonder about.
On Sunday, I got to a task I had been planning and postponing for 21 years – planting tulip, crocus and giant allium bulbs in my back yard. As I dug through the soil that was still soft enough to cooperate, I was treated to the spectacle of worms that dance their way through the darkness, and was brought back to my childhood days, making mud pies with friends in our backyard on Bloomfield Street. This simple activity kept us busy for hours – with nothing more than a wooden spoon from the kitchen and some old plates and plastic containers, we were able to set up an entire bakery, complete with the most radiant berry pies I have ever seen – before or since. As I planted my flowers this year, I felt a tinge of sadness about the passage of time. As more and more things join the mud pies in the rear view mirror of my life, I can’t help but be overcome by feelings of melancholy every now and again.
There are many things I love about working in education. I love being around young, growing minds. I love being surrounded by wonderful, caring teachers. I love knowing parents who seek to raise intelligent, compassionate children who will grow into capable, good adults. I love being connected to a community that seeks to better understand itself and the world as its central purpose. But most of all I love working with children because it keeps my sense of wonder alive and well. It keeps me young. Albert Einstein said that “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.” I couldn’t agree more. By being with children and adults in this intentional learning community, there’s a way in which I’ll never truly grow old.
This year, Fourth Graders made a video about things they wonder about, and shared it in our Spirituality Assembly. Seeing it brought me right back to my own childhood – just like digging in the dirt brought back happy memories about a carefree time with mud pies and friends. I thought you might enjoy it, and post it here: http://www.allsaintsdayschool.org/ftpimages/620/misc/misc_132818.mov