“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all -…” – Emily Dickenson
Hope. (Not our beloved Hope front office and registrar extraordinaire, this time…)
Every time I think of the word, I think of the Dickenson poem above. It is so easy to imagine the little bird, wings wide, floating onto my shoulder to make me feel ready to take on the day.
I begin today feeling hopeful for many reasons. Among those, the sun is shining, spring feels closer, our teachers are going to get vaccinated, Saturday’s virtual pancake breakfast, children once again in our building, just to name a few.
We have been in-person learning now for a few weeks and there is so much joy in the faces of the kids. They seem more motivated, more eager to learn. There was even a huge amount of excitement over the snack being blueberry muffins, which elicited gleeful singing from a 1/2 class. Teachers and paras have been sharing stories of aha moments and making connections.
Speaking of poetry, I know that I am only one of many people inspired by the spoken word poetry of Amanda Gorman a few weeks ago and that inspiration has created an opportunity for the whole Horizons Community! Our very own Kate Bechtel is creating an exciting poetry project that everyone; kids, adults, families, and community members can take part in and enjoy. Keep on the lookout for that information!
“…Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still, I’ll rise…” – Maya Angelou
Continue to hope, everyone!
Lucas and Karen