Yes, I know I've been neglecting you. Sometimes I see your name in my Bloglines and I think, "hmph, where has she been?" and then I remember that you're me.
It's been a busy week+ over at our house. We all got very sick last week, the kind of sick that makes your child act like the child from H%$$, and you begin to wonder if he will stay like that forever, and then just as quickly, he is back to his old self. Phew! And we started school this week, and I couldn't be more pleased with our choice, well, unless it was just down the street or something.
And Elliot comes home talking about star fairies (they're the ones who put the star shapes in the apples, you know?) and making us follow him upstairs "like a needle and a thread." They made morning muffins and rice pudding and cobbler (update: it was actually homemade tortillas with blueberry jam), and I'm like- "can I come?" Especially after I saw the knitting room and the little school shop filled with wool felt and roving. Maybe I'd just start in 2nd grade when they learn to knit. I've also been surprised at the quality of his play, he's already playing on his own more, and has barely asked for TV. I hoped that it would improve longterm, but wasn't expecting anything this quickly.
I wrote all of that last Friday, and am just now finishing this post.
I usually sit in my car for about 30 minutes after dropping Elliot off so that Lucie can nurse and have a tiny nap, and I get to watch the Bluebirds and Yellowbirds start their day (they are the Kindy students, Elliot is a Redbird in pre-K). It is the most enchanting thing, to watch these children come out all in a line following their teachers. They skip through the grassy fields all in a row, and then through the woods they go, some come out carrying very large leaves (may apples?) and then they line up in one enormous row side by side on the curb, and hold hands as they cross the lane together in their sun hats and galoshes. Their teachers, especially the one who seems to be the leader with her elegant clothes and her hair in a loose gray bun, remind me of old-fashioned governesses or something. They do the skipping as well, with a perfect posture and rarely speak a word. What a magical way for these kids to start their day.
We attended a new parent dinner last night, which was followed by a brief meeting in the gym for staff introductions, and then meetings in the classrooms. The teachers (K-8) seemed really grounded and each introduced the person next to them in a funny way. Although Waldorf schools have no "principal" the director of admissions sort of serves as the unofficial leader. We have known her for a few years because she is the wife of the farmer who ran the CSA we belonged to for the past few years. She is also an elegant lady, with a quiet sense of humor and a commanding presence. They finished the meeting with a song in the round, with audience participation. I didn't sing because I was standing in the back bouncing Lucie, but it was actually quite moving. It sounded really beautiful especially considering it was unrehearsed.
Sorry for the extreme detail, I am just taking in this experience, as you can tell from my lack of posting. It feels so good knowing we found the right place for our family. And wouldn't you know that my husband is flying to Minneapolis and back today to interview for a job there (within his company)? Ah well, it never gets too boring around here, we always have to be deliberating something.