Yesterday we had a bee swarm come and stay the night in our next door neighbor’s tree. Whenever I witness something amazing in nature, especially related to bees since I love bees, I am struck by the fact that there is more to this world than my little daily challenges or even my own egotistical life goals. All around us is a world which very rarely do we get the opportunity to really tune into. It takes a slow moment, a careful eye and presence of mind to actually recognize it. Bees tend to remind me of this invisible world that is constantly at work even when I’m doing the most mundane task. After a moment of laying in the tall spring weeds today at Sweet Springs and staring up at the swaying trees creaking and moaning to each other, I did something I’ve needed to do. I took a breath. This next step of moving the school is a big one and has been weighing on me. I am challenged by the giant risk that it is and yet I see no other option, so onward we go. I obviously want a school for my own children but I am also called by this work in a way that I have only felt drawn to a few things in my life. So my lesson right now is to be present enough with the children that they can remind me of the invisible world of spirit working all around us and allow that presence of mind and heart to guide me in the future endeavor of beginning a school. The bees have moved on but while they were here they created a small bit of comb. I look at it and marvel at the miracle of creating a space, even if only temporary. Their spirit sticks like wax to my soul. Forward we fly.
Wishing Well will be closed for Spring Break April 25 – 28th.
Many of you have signed up for conferences. If there is not a time available that works for you just pencil in a time that will and I will let you know if I can do it. At the Tuesday afternoon conferences, Kelly will be staying after to care for your children and mine, so do not worry about childcare.
April 30th is a the Morro Bay Kite Festival Parade. Our school will be in the parade again this year. Last year we met at Julie and Jesse’s (Maya Lily) house and they have offered again to make their place a gathering spot before the parade. Thank you Julie and Jesse! So decorate your bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters, whatever and we’ll strut our stuff. The parade begins at 10a.m., so we will probably meet at 9ish to decorate the bus, face paint, etc., but keep an eye out for an email from Julie.
The following week we will be celebrating May Day at school. On Thursday May 5th, you are all invited to attend a picnic lunch and dance around the maypole (sombreros decorated with flowers are ok too:). This will be at 12:00p.m. Please bring your own picnic lunch. In the morning we will be making May crowns, so if you have extra flowers in your yard or extra greenery, please bring them and help us weave crowns.
I think that is it for now. I hope you too can slow down and take in the invisible workings of our beautiful world.
P.S. Below is the Spring story I am telling this week and next. I just thought it was very sweet and wanted to share. Enjoy!
Once many years ago Winter stayed a long, long time. The children liked Winter. They liked to play in the snow and slide on the ice. But they did want to see Spring again.
“Let us go to the woods,” they said, “perhaps Spring is there.”
So they ran off to the woods, but they did not find Spring. It was cold in the woods and the trees were bare. They could not see any birds or flowers. North Wind and Jack Frost were still playing about. They tossed the children’s hair and nipped their noses.
“Spring has not come yet,” said the children sadly and went back to their homes.
A few days later they tried again, but North Wind and Jack Frost ran to meet them. They could not find Spring and again they went home sadly.
For a little while the children kept going to the woods every few days, but still they did not find Spring.
“Spring cannot be coming this year,” said the children sadly. “We shall not go to the woods again. What is the use?”
So they stayed at home.
But Spring did come at last. North Wind and Jack Frost hurried away the minute they saw her. The tree buds began to grow bigger and bigger and burst into pale green leaves. The little flowers poked their pretty noses out of the earth. The birds began to twitter and fly about with bits of straw for their nests.
“But where are the children?” asked Spring. “Every year they come to play with you birds and flowers and wood folk. I miss them.”
“We miss them, too,” twittered the birds. “They always liked to listen to our pretty songs.”
“We miss them, too,” said the flowers. “They love our sweet-smelling blossoms. They are good children and they never tear our roots.”
The little baby rabbits said, “We want to see the good children. We want to hide in our holes and watch them play.”
“I know what is the matter,” said Spring. “They have not heard that we are here. Some one must go and tell them. Will you go, Robin?”
“I would like to go very much,” said the robin, “but I am very busy just now. I have to finish my nest. Perhaps the fox has time to go.”
“I would go gladly,” said the fox, “but the grown-up people do not like me. They would say I came to steal their chickens.”
“You are right about that,” said Spring. “Black Bear, won’t you go?”
“I am very sorry,” said Black Bear, “But the children are afraid of me. Besides you know that I sleep all winter and have had nothing to eat. Now I am very thin and very hungry, I have to eat and eat all day long. But the rabbit would be a good one to send. Children always love rabbits.”
“The very one,” said Spring. “Will you go, Bunny?”
The rabbit was just going to say no, because rabbits are very shy. But it made him very happy to hear that the children loved him.
“Yes,” he began, “I will go.” Then he thought of the dogs. Rabbits do not like dogs. “The dogs will catch me,” said the rabbit.
“Oh, no,” said Spring. “You can go at night. The dogs will be sound asleep. They will not hear you.”
“All right,” said the rabbit, “but how shall I tell the children that you are here?”
Spring did not know. Then the birds and the flowers and the baby animals began to whisper together. After awhile they thought of a way for the rabbit to tell the children. Then they wove a strong basket from twigs and leaves. They pulled soft green grass and made a lining for it. Then each little bird brought an egg from her nest and put it in the basket. Some eggs were as blue as the sky. Some were brown as the earth. Some had little brown specks as if they had been spattered with paint. Over the eggs they laid a cover of fresh spring flowers, pink and blue and white. Bunny lifted the basket on his back and the birds and the animals tied it on firmly.
“Good-by, Bunny,” called all the wood folk.
Bunny hopped off toward the town. The streets were very quiet. Everybody was asleep. He did not feel afraid at all. Bunny knew where all the children lived. First he hopped up to Betty’s house. He made a little nest of green grass. He put a blue egg in it and some violets. He laid the little nest on the doorstep.
Then he hopped off to Teddy’s house. He made another nest of soft green grass. He put a brown egg in this and some wild flowers. Then he laid it on the doorstep and hopped off to Polly’s house. He made a little nest of soft green grass for her and for every other child in the town. In each one he put an egg and some spring flowers. He had enough eggs and flowers for all the children. When his basket was empty, he hopped away to the woods.
Next morning Betty ran to the door to see if the sun was shining. There on the doorstep she saw the little green nest. “Oh how pretty!” she cried. Teddy ran to his door and found his little green nest too. And so did all the children. “Spring has come. Spring has come,” they called to one another. “See here are the rabbit’s footprints. The good bunny came to tell us that Spring is here.”
And they ran off to the woods as fast as they could go.They listened to the pretty songs of the birds and they smelled the sweet spring flowers. The baby rabbits and foxes peeped out from their holes and watched the happy children.
The rabbit was very glad that he had gone to tell the children that Spring had come. He has been coming ever since at Easter time with nests of eggs and flowers. That is why he is called the Easter Rabbit.