Words from Mary Z. ~ September 18, 2009
Since time began, humans have been inspired by necessity or vision to build communities. Townships and villages, neighborhoods and missions have been born of intention and grit. Life creates the conditions that are conducive to life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years or so. "No one would sleep that night, of course ... they world would create new religions overnight. We would be rapturous, ecstatic...". Instead of rushing through the darkness, preoccupied or self-absorbed, we'd look up. Who knows where our amazement might lead.
Simple and practical as our early weeks at The Montessori School may seem, our community takes its place among generations of aspiring humans who have understood that the talents and dreams of one are buoyed and widened in the company of others. Orientation meetings, parent nights, our luscious Sunday picnic and the intentional process of phasing our children into full days of school have called our attention to the values that connect us and the commitments we will keep. This we will do for our children and one another.
Attached to this Week in Preview is a copy of a speech by David Brooks which Elementary Parents shared earlier this week under an aegis of the question, "Why do you choose Montessori education for your child?" I offer a re-print of Stressed for Success so we may keep the conversation going. (click here)
Meanwhile, this day, luminescent and miraculous as any single starry night, contains every opportunity and every single promise.
Thursday February, 18, 2010 at 10:00AM