Still here, though quiet these days. Mostly, I’m busy in the days with homeschooling Ella (2nd grade), my own herbal studies, and general mothering/homekeeping. By night I’m so tired that I go to sleep with the kids, or possibly read a little. But I do miss this space, so ehre I am. My big camera has been mia, so the only photos I take these days are when I’m out on walks, using the camera phone. I am taking a lot of hikes, which I’m very grateful for.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this old post on striving and perfection – perhaps I’m starting to really understand it myself, and loosen the tight grip on myself. I am trying to learn how to relax.
In school, our favorite book so far has been the Secret Garden (Ella’s drawing above is Mary and Dickon on the moor). What a wonderful story, full of light. It captured Ella immensely (and me, too!). We planted some bulbs in the new forest garden, and I started a rock spiral in the middle, where herbs will be planted next spring. We’re working on reading, and math, and our best learning (and most enjoyable) seems to come through games. I’ve used Games for Math and Games for Reading a lot, and made up my own using their ideas. This fall Ella has started to really be able to balance on a two-wheel bike, and even to pedal, and at the same time seems really ready for math and reading – so interesting to see that come true, just as many in the Waldorf community say it will.
We were both ready for a break, though, so last week we were on “school vacation”. Ella cheered when I told her. I’ve added an Adventure Day to our week, also, and on Thursdays we go out to adventure. Last week we went to visit the greenhouses at Smith College, which have plants from all over the world and all different ecosystems. It was beautiful, and the kids loved it.
After realizing that I was knitting too small a size for her, and ripping out the entire yoke of Ella’s sweater, I have at last picked it up again, hoping to be done by Solstice. This week is Martinmas, and I feel it is just the right time – to make lanterns for the darker evenings, to walk out under the stars, to gather donations for our brothers and sisters in need, and to tell stories of courage and bravery. In a few weeks we start our heroines block, and I am getting excited about it.
Blessings on your week, friends.