the kinder were literally jumping for joy
when watching the wind spin the pinwheels on the grass!
jumping for joy – leaping-for-joy (japanese)
躍り上がる (odoriagaru: to spring up, leap to one’s feet) to leap + up.
painted rocks left on a tree stump in our courtyard
our science teacher
retiring after many years
has lovingly hand painted
180-ish unique and detailed rocks
one for each of the children in our early childhood program
all having to do with science, nature, kindness, joy
our children were absolutely thrilled
with this lovely legacy.
meraki is doing something with total love, and pure soul.
it is leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work.
we are learning and doing so many new things:
how to weave
how to be very gentle with a rescue mini pony
how to make veggie sushi
how to catch frogs
how to create the life cycle of a butterfly
and tomorrow, anything is possible…
“curiosity for children is but an appetite for knowledge.”
“Thank you for being so passionate and proactive about your community!” the response letter states. “When you’re old enough, you should consider working for the city to continue making it a great place to live. Sincerely, City Sidewalk Repair Program.”
“You see, the heart is not just a heart,” she wrote. “Ever since I was little, I said hi to the heart. Don’t you see how much it means to me? Every time I pass the heart, I say hi and it brings me joy.”
Anyone else who wants to say hi to the heart now can find it along the east side of Seventh Street across from Waterworks Park between Murray Court and Washington Street.
“kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much.”
source credit: ryan stanton, mlive, ann arbor news
“Dear Sidewalk People.”
That’s how 9-year-old Dahlia started her handwritten note placed under a rock along a city sidewalk hoping to get the attention of Ann Arbor’s crews slated to replace the slab she holds dear due to a distinctive feature.
This sidewalk has a heart.
“There is a heart in this block, and as me and my mom were walking home from school, we saw that there was an ‘R’ on the block that the heart is on,” reads the girl’s note, placed next to where she made a heart-shaped chalk outline around a small cavity in the slab the city has marked with an R to replace.
“You see, the heart is not just a heart,” wrote Dahlia, “Ever since I was little, I said hi to the heart. Don’t you see how much it means to me? Every time I pass the heart, I say hi and it brings me joy.”
Her father confirmed his daughter indeed says “hi, heart” every time she passes it. When she heard the city was going to replace the slab with the heart, Dahlia said she was devastated and cried.
“So can you please leave it or at least cut around the heart, for me to pick up on my way to school,” she wrote, ending her note by thanking the city’s repair crews for their work to keep sidewalks safe and encouraging them to give her note an extra read so it makes sense.
A spokesperson for the city’s public services unit did not have an immediate response on whether the sidewalk slab could be saved or whether the heart-shaped part could be salvaged for Dahlia to take.
While Dahlia really wanted to keep the heart sidewalk, her father said the family understands the need to fix it so people don’t trip and has talked with her about it.
“We compared it to the Halloween pumpkin she really loved and wanted to keep,” he said. “We told her we could keep it, but we could watch how when a pumpkin dies it helps nature by becoming part of something new.”
In that case, they put the pumpkin in their garden and Dahlia visited it every day and watched it decay, and in the spring she watched as flowers sprung up. She got to see her pumpkin again in the form of flowers.
As for her well-crafted sidewalk note, her father said while only 9, Dahlia is an amazing writer and gives him and his wife daily gems of wisdom worthy of the wisest, aged writers.
“sometimes the people who walk softly make the deepest impressions…”
source credit: ryan stanton, mlive, ann arbor
the kinder work together to bake loaves of sweet lemon bread
to sell to their older learning partners
practicing for the big bakery the next day
when there will be many different breads
their families will be the customers
everything will cost 1 cent
if someone is hungry and doesn’t have any money
they will give them a penny and a piece of bread for free.
everyone eats bread.
“cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking.
it’s about harnessing, imagination, environment, and creativity.”