I'm a kindergarten teacher and I have to admit that the little ones sometimes teach me more than I ever teach them. Between them and my three year old granddaughter, I'm constantly in awe of them. Wouldn't you like to view the world through the eyes of a child for just one day?
We were rushing to the cafeteria a few weeks ago and one of my students pointed out a bird's nest in top of the tree outside the classroom. Every child had to stop and look. It didn't matter to them that we were late for our scheduled time in the lunch room. It didn't matter that the first grade might beat us down there. All that mattered to them in that moment was that bird nest. And the questions they asked!
After a lesson on fall (which is hard to explain in Arizona!) my students noticed signs of fall every where. They were looking for the things I took for granted. And they found beauty in it. They do this to me every day. They notice things I never think to look at. On the playground, they find wood chips shaped like a heart. They notice a tiny earthworm in the dirt right off the sidewalk. Each and every flower amazes them.
This weekend, I took my granddaughter to the Tucson Celtic Festival. I was so anxious for her to see the opening ceremonies. The clans in their traditional dress, the bagpipes. Oh! It was going to be wonderful!!! Alas, before I could drag her all the way across the grounds to get a good spot for the parade, the sheaf toss caught her eye. It happened to be close to the entrance we came in through. Now, if you don't know, the sheaf toss is when the athlete sticks a pitchfork into a heavy burlap sack. Then they swing the sack and toss it in the air over a high bar. She was intrigued, so we sat to watch it for a minute. She was so absorbed! When they failed to make it over the bar, she would say frown and when they did make, she was the loudest cheerer there.
I kept telling her we needed to go. We needed to find a good spot for the parade. I thought the lure of a parade would distract her. But she looked at all the people around her, the athletes in their traditional highland kilts and said, "Moo-Moo, it be fine. Watch this first." So what else could a good Moo-Moo do? We sat and watched until the sheaf toss was over. And you know what. It was amazing! I've been to the Celtic Festival a dozen times and I've never really paid attention to the Highland Games going on. Before long, I was cheering as loud as she was. And you know what? We made it to the parade in plenty of time and had a fabulous spot.
This is a busy time of year. We're dashing from one place to another trying to get our Christmas shopping done. Soon we'll be cleaning house like mad and preparing for family to come visit. OR preparing to travel to visit family that live some where else.And if you're doing NaNoWriMo, your even more pressed for time.
We adults often get so busy trying to make things perfect that we forget the simple joys of the season. So here is your official permission slip to stop for a moment. Take some time and enjoy the people around you. And remember. "It be fine. Watch this first."