Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Tree Frogs"

This is my Little One when he was really a Little One, I called him "Tree Frog", now he's walking and talking and picking books at the library....where does the time go?
My middle guy is about to play Piglet in the children's theater production of Winnie the Pooh next month and it feels like he just learned how to read, even though it was five years ago now.
My oldest son is shaving! He plays guitar and knows more about geography than both of his parents.
I'm not saddened by these facts, not at all, but some days they sneak up and surprises me, how quickly they grow. How much we all change as time passes.

I remember when I first began teaching at Cornerspring and I was anticipating that one of my students was going to have trouble transitioning from the playground to inside (as he had every morning before) and Paula, the director and my friend, smiled at me and said,
"Let each moment be new."
In other words, don't carry yesterday's struggles into today, give each of your children a fresh start, every day. Anticipate their success and encourage them lovingly.
I think I have struggle with this at times and it is still often my work to learn how to begin each day without holding on to yesterday's difficulties. I've always been a "planner" and living in the moment has not felt comfortable to me, until recently. I believe, I made the transition from planning to living when I became a Montessorian.

Montessori said, "I don't teach anything to children; it is they who teach me."

This afternoon my nine year old came home from school and the first thing he said was,
"Did you know that tree frogs live their whole life and never touch the ground?"
I didn't know that, but I know I'll never forget it.


amanda. said...

i needed to read this today; thank yoU!

village mama said...

What a gorgeous memory.

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