Dear Parents, what a treat it was to share with you the other night.  You are such grand, thoughtful, skilled, wise and caring parents.  I am so blessed to be with you and your children this year. Truly.  I am also thankful to have Audrey and  Laurie’s gentle presence to add to the gentility of this particular group of children.

As I think over the night  I believe I might have scared some of you off of coming to some Tender Tracks days.  I wish NOT to do that. Please, if you wish to join, of course your children will be a bit different but, you will get the Tender Tracks experience and your children just love it when you do come so let us find a way to meet as many needs as we can here.

I also wish to more fully address the desire, for some, to have me facilitate parent groups.  I am happy to do so even if it is just for two folks.  Last year this request came about as well and I would like to provide this for those who feel they would benefit.

The Parent Teacher Conference calendar will be available within a week. If you need to talk right away just call and/or email me and we will find a time.

And lastly,  here are the quotes that I read to you. May they bless you as much as they do me:

Excerpt from: The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.
by Mark Nepo

We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are
When beneath every attitude is the want to be loved
And beneath every anger is a wound to be healed
And beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time
When we hesitate in being direct we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection
That keeps us from feeling the world
And often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness
Which if not put down diminishes our chances for joy
It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something
And then forgetting we chose to put them on
We complain that nothing feels quite real
In this way our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world
But to unglove ourselves
So that the doorknob feels cold
And the car handle feels wet
And the kiss good-bye feels like the lips of another being
Soft and unrepeatable

 

“May today there peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in your self and others.  May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.  May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us”

Waxing Moon
Hidden Villa

Today Laurie was not with us and Grace was home sick.  We sent love and then carried on in our circle.  This day was peaceful and with ease all except Jasper.  By the end of the day he was holding onto something so big that we almost could not leave Hidden Villa as he was undoing his car seat.  When I just sat with him his anger collpased into my arms and he rested his head in the crook of my neck but, when we truly had to go, he was mad and strong about it.  It was slightly building throughout the day with insisting things go his way when he was playing with the children but in truth, I have no idea what really was the trigger for his need to have control and final say in things.  So, with gentle boundaries and lot’s of love we finally made it back, a bit late, and hopefully with some peace and unfolding at home.

However, as to everyone else, they were GREAT friends to him as they all have been to each other.  I do hear at home though that there is talk of not liking this person or that person.  From my experience, this is what happens and I do my part in providing space for them to be true to their honest feelings in order to honor them along with becoming respectful social beings.

Our circle was sweet. I was going to bring a variation on the story today but it seemed just right to tell it again and they flowed right with it.

Our existing feathers on our counting stick weren’t working very well so I put the Earth Namers “feathered rope” on our counting stick and YES, these showed the winds movement very well. So, we checked out the wind, the sky, the sounds and made guesses as to what the weather would be for the day and what we should wear.   Then off to Hidden Villa to see if the pigs have grown and if there were any chicks.  Most, from last year, REALLY wanted to catch a chicken but, “Roxanne isn’t here.  How will we catch one now?!”
‘Roxanne showed us and now it is up to us to learn how to do it ourselves.’ And, WE DID IT!!!
After arriving, playing in the garden, eating in the garden, climbing thru tunnels in the garden we first, went to see the sheep and pet them, and then off to the pigs and the chickens we went.

Well, Audrey and I caught a chicken straight away and then Aleki went to town for the rest of the day.  He was SOOOO proud of himself and in utter joy.  Anjalie, with the help of others was able to catch one too and she was very happy as well!!  This was so much fun. And then, the pigs.  Two great big ones and a couple smaller ones. They are just too fun and too great so we spent a great deal of time looking at them.

Caroline was a bit scared of the chickens so she stayed close to me and at least half  we had to encourage to leave when we needed to. Some of the children were ready to go so we went to the pond near by along with the big climbing Oak tree with the brass ring. There was a very large horse ‘s head sticking out of the barn and I thought it was real at first.  I was quite taken a back by it and it was quite daunting.  It turns out that it wasn’t real.  I do not know why they have it there.

The children played and created games by the pond and climbed up and down the tree all taking turns. Here is where Jasper really struggled and Bodi was found in tears as Jasper wouldn’t let him climb.  We took care of that need, at least for Bodi but alas, Jasper was not content.

The day needed to end so off we went back to the bus for our travails.  It was hot in that bus and the children were, in spite of it all,  really patient and helpful with Jasper.  They changed seats for him, sang to him, gave him suggestions.
A warm and compassionate group.

Day 3
Day after New Moon
Roy’s Redwoods

What a very fun and beautiful day.  We meet at the gate and there they sat to eat.  The loud “Metal Monsters” (cars) would zoom by and Benny let us know most times with great exuberance and joy when they went by.  They were involved in eating so it seemed a good time to just sing our welcoming song and hear the story that would lead us into magickal adventures.

The story was about two children that learned about Fairies that help our plants and gardens grow and how we can work together to make the Earth so beautiful.  The Fairies left them some wonderful “Fairy rings” at our spot but, before that, there was a trail of white rice that aided us in finding our way to our spot.  They followed the trail and lost the trail then found it again but, before we got there what did Benny and Leo find on the trail? a very tan colored creature that Sidona swore was a Praying Mantis and it did appear so.  I tried to catch it but it was so aggresive with it’s ability to jump AT what was trying to catch it that I laughed and laughed as I flew backwards.  It kept going in the grass that it blended in so well with and the children tried to catch it too but we all finally just watched it for awhile and then carried on. That was a real treat for me though! It was beautiful.

Simone found the last part of the trail with the rice and then we made it to our magickal Redwood Fairy ring.  And what was there but Fairy circles to discover wonders all around us.  These circles are just that, circles wrapped in soft yarn.  They can be put on the ground and the children can look more closely to find treasures. They weren’t exactly familiar with how to use this even though the story guided them thru so I played out some ways to be with these gifts: put a stick in the ground and try to throw them over it or make a wish to see wonderful magickal fairy worlds, close your eyes and throw it  and then see what you can find .

Simone and Sedona really liked this one. Simone was beautiful to see how she went right into such a beautiful child space where she closed her eyes and made the most radiant and authentic wish and then THREW the ring.  Sure enough she DID find magickal little beans under the duff in the ground where her ring was.

As the children were exploring, climbing and playing I brought out some soaked Cat Tail leaves and began making rope for “nature books” that I brought for them to write what they find from their explorations and Fairy ring journeys.

They helped make the cordage or at least they wove it into the book holes to hold the book together. Then I cut out the charcoal from the tree we have been getting charcoal from and made them “pencils” to write with.  Benny wondered why they didn’t look like the pencils he was familiar with but then he said, “oh, Nature pencils” and was content.

Leo discovered this wonderful log was was GREAT for balancingand playing on.  He and Benny ( who said he really likes to be called Benny and it was ok for me to call him that.) were really into shooting with guns and Leo told me how his Dad can shoot the rats that get into, oh dear I can’t remember now what, at home.  Well, I AM impressed that his Dad can shoot a running rat!

I thought it might be nice to bring some focus to their imaginary gun play as well as explore what they actually were shooting so I brought them into the world of the Mighty hunters that bring the food back to the people, always give thanks to the animal for giving of itself and eating last after bringing it home to their “people.”  The girls had made a pretend fire to cook the Deer they brought back. Benny REALLY liked all of this and the two of them later came back with water guns which they then cleaned the skin that the girls had brought back from their imaginary bow hunting expedition.  Sidona really wanted to hunt as well.

Simone painted me all up with charcoal, we balanced on lots of logs and Sidona climbed way up into a tree and was quite delighted with herself for being able to be there.

They really liked being in the bus and having the stuffed animals and played with them in imaginary games all the way back.

Another lovely day.  Thank you!