We went up in the morning for the holiday sing-along and back in the afternoon to deliver gifts to teachers. (And to hear the kids called out, "See you next year!" and then cracked up.
Some things never change...)
In between, Small One's class presented a short program on Peacemakers.
They'd each chosen one (Ghandi... Cesar Chavez.... Helen Prejean... Pete Seeger...) to research and tell us about.
There'd obviously been some rehearsing because they were clear as bells -- all of them -- talking about nuclear disarmament and nursing the poor and civil rights.
They stood in front of the little village of papier mache houses they'd made and a big bulletin board bedecked with images of the peacemakers. Imagine my surprise to see that the headline on the bulletin board read, "Hope and peace and love and trust, All the world is all of us." I think it's my favorite reading of the book so far, and it was a silent one.
The kids had all taken UNESCO's Pledge for Peace, too, and I was left with an overall sense of hopefulness that if these 8- and 9-year-olds grow up to run the world, things aren't gonna be half bad.
On that note, and in the spirit of the season, these words today from Thich Nhat Hanh.
Enjoy, and namaste...
Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Read the rest here... (scroll down)
Read Tess Gallagher's Walking Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh here...
Listen to Thich Nhat Hanh on Speaking of Faith.