I remember how you wore that purple tutu everywhere, until it finally wore out and was replaced by another. You got your first ballet slippers as soon as your feet were big enough to fit into them, at age two. For the next couple of years, you didn't walk from place to place, you danced. I remember the look on your face each year when we went to buy your ballet slippers, how you gazed longingly at the pointe shoes, asking questions about them, wishing it was your turn to be fitted for your very own pair. Now it is. You've worked hard for this day. You're a beautiful dancer. I'm proud of you.
I illustrated a couple of Waldorf kindergarten rhymes for autumn. I've loved using the Wynstone Press seasonal books with my children over the years as a source for songs and rhymes. Now I'm using them as inspiration for my art.
A Michaelmas rhyme below. I wrote about some ways that we celebrate Michalemas (which is on September 29th), here.
Oh my, did Grace and I ever enjoy our girl's night out at the Bravern in Bellevue on Friday. It was the second annual Fashion's Night Out. A walk down the red carpet, live music, free champagne, and somehow, we even ended up in the front row at the fashion show. It felt like a Cinderella night. I was standing with a pack of photographers, so I just went with it, clicking away, pretending I was covering the show for Vogue. ; ) Here's a few of my favorites: My red carpet girl.....My outfit was made up of the same designers that were in the show but here's the secret- it was all thrifted! It cost less than even ONE of those model's shoes. ; )
The walk to school each morning isn’t long enough. I understand better now, why my son has a million and one stall tactics for bedtime each night. One more drink, a sudden episode of utter starvation, a missing stuffed animal that he simply cannot sleep without, a request for more snuggles….the list goes on and on. He loves life and he doesn’t want miss out on anything. If he hears laughter after he’s been tucked into bed, he’ll come running, footed pajamas shuffling along the wood floors, to the living room.
“Hey!” he’ll say, “Why are you having fun without me?” He’ll look at me with a little half smile, a twinkle in his eye, and crawl onto my lap while his Daddy tells him to get back to bed. I cannot resist his charm and he knows it. He usually gets a few extra minutes of snuggles this way.
I understand better now. Just as he loves life to the fullest and wants to make the day stretch out for as long as possible, I love him. I love my time with him. I’ve loved these beautiful, magical days of his early childhood that are passing much too quickly. I love my walks to school with him each morning. I want to stretch out the time for as long as possible.
Sometimes, when he forgets, he’ll let me hold his hand. I can actually feel my heart at these times, and I’ll think of my love, flowing from my heart to my hands, and into his.
“I know the rest of the way”, he says when we reach the gate at the edge of the school.
“That’s alright, I’ll walk you a little further”, I answer, and we keep walking. We reach the playground.
“I can go to my line by myself” he says again.
“Oh. Okay” I respond. He’s already walking away. I think he’s afraid that I’ll try to hug him in front of his friends. I don’t. But it takes a tremendous effort on my part. Once again, I can feel my heart. “Trent!” I call out. He turns around…my youngest, my sweet, blue eyed, blonde, freckle faced boy. I see confidence in his young face and excitement for the day ahead. I hold up my hand and sign, “I love you”. He knows the sign because I’ve been using it with his big sister for years now, whenever I have to drop her off somewhere. Now it’s his turn. He gives me his impish half smile, eyes twinkling, and holds up his own small hand in the sign, then runs off to meet his friends.
The Spiritual Tasks of the Homemaker is a book that I have written about here and here. This is my final synopsis of the material covered in the book. Today’s topic is about Rudolph Steiner’s, “Path of Development of the Homemaker”.
“Wisdom is only in truth” is a basic meditative sentence by Rudolph Steiner. He believed that the path of development has two aspects: the meditative life and the exercises. The purpose of meditation, he said, was to cause the world to become more transparent.
There are six basic exercises called “supplementary exercises”
- Concentration exercise- . It consists of arresting the continual fluctuation of thoughts by thinking about an uninteresting object for five minutes. Steiner recommends that one start by doing this for two weeks, combined with the meditation, “Differentiate between essentials and inessentials”.
- Initiative exercise- for two weeks, one does a certain act (not determined by outer necessities) each morning and evening. The point being, to choose something that arises out of one’s own will or intentions
- Equanimity- One should hold back all expression of feeling for a short time (not the feeling itself). This can only be practiced at certain moments, when equanimity is appropriate
- Positivity- Find something positive in everything
- Freedom from Bias- trying to approach every new experience totally without prejudice
- Persistence- Repeat all five exercises again and again, systematically in regular turns.
Steiner said that by practicing the meditation and exercises, one can achieve a beautiful balance of the soul and gain a quiet understanding of things that were previously closed. I haven’t been intentional in practicing these exercises with any regularity yet. I do think that doing so would be greatly beneficial and I plan on making more of an effort in that regard.