When I die, she said, I’m coming back as a tree with deep roots & I’ll wave my leaves at the children every morning on their way to school & whisper tree songs at night in their dreams. Trees with deep roots know about the things that children need. Brian Andreas
Every day I come home to see this.
I look out my windows and I am grateful. Grateful to be seeing something so beautiful. Grateful to be alive. Grateful that I don’t have to do anything. I just have to stop for a moment look and be present. I need that. I need to connect to something larger then myself, something so beautiful and free. It keeps me grounded. Often this leads me to think of others who cannot just look out their window and see this. I think of people who are like me and yet they are not me. People who are struggling, people who need connection, who need beauty, who need freedom.
Trees, just being in their presence, it brings me peace. Trees and water and solid ground under my bare feet. These things connect me. Thoughts of connection always bring me back to my classroom, to the invisible strands that connect me to my kids. And I wonder have they ever known the peace of just being with a tree? Because when I think of trees I think of childhood. I think of digging beneath trees and dreaming beneath trees. I think of napping and cool breezes and dappled sunlight. And those blissful moments, shouldn’t they be free to everyone? Most especially children. Shouldn’t they know those moments of wonder and loveliness? And so I am always thinking, how do I bring the trees to my kids? How do I connect them to a world larger then themselves? Because if there is anyone who should know loveliness and wonder it’s children. Our kids, they need more connecting, more wonder, more loveliness. They don’t need more tests, more homework, more rote routine. These things they don’t build amazing human beings.
So I am going to keep thinking and challenging myself every day to be grateful, to wonder, to connect and in that connecting I think about my kids and how I can help them be amazing human beings. I will be thinking about things that children need.