Everyone's settled into their routines and, ironically, that's about when it's time to shake 'em up a bit.
So, what a delight, this year, to be bearing a new book.
Don't get me wrong; I love my Pocket Book visits.
It's just that I have done a lot of them.
You don't want to know.
And I'm fond of my pocketed fishing vest -- my key prop these last few years -- but I'm ready to leave it at home for a bit.
Last week I visited a preschool with All the World.
Terra Luz is an especially lovely and intentional place, and I was honored to have been invited.
Although it was gray and rainy outdoors, we met on the covered patio.
I sat in a rocking chair that looked as if it'd been decorated by Demeter.
I sat surrounded by parents and plants and a curious spider.
And then there were three-year-olds.
Quite a lot of them.
Even brighter and more promising than that perfect rocking chair.
(My kids are older now and I forget this age.
It is like they live with one less layer of skin, so alert and open and tender and expressive are they.)
Usually after school visits I share a few of the funny things kids say, but this time I'd like to show you what it looked and felt like. The passionate and creative head of school, Andrea Gaudin Tiche, is (among many things) a soulful photographer. These images are hers:
(All images property of Andrea Gaudin Tiche, Terra Luz Preschool)
Aren't those just delicious?
Sometimes I cannot believe my luck...