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Sometimes, I too, engage in magical thinking. My magical thinking almost always involves focusing on the lemonade possibilities of the lemon moment. (In good times, however, I am often on the lookout for where lemons are lurking. Hmm?)
My current lemonade thinking about the pandemic is about how it could help us see what always has been here. When the world is thrown off balance….things once invisible are not so any longer. Possibilities are now imaginable.
….But for parents, perhaps the following image flashing by every 20 tweets on Twitter, and on other social media, is the source of the angst. Daily existential dread of the first days is now replaced with achievement dread…
my children and many of you. We are in regular contact, in some cases far more than we were before Corona.
“Courage,” Maya Angelou writes, “is the most central virtue because without it you can not consistently live out the other virtues.” Can we teach courage then? Writers, philosophers and theologians alike suggest that courage is borne from engaging the world, not being protected from it. But what about now? Are we protecting ourselves from it or showing courage in protecting others?…
…I am someone who would have been at the game or watching it on TV, it connects me to my life before corona. And it reminds me, before it gets too far away, to ask you to describe with paper and pencil/crayon/marker/pen, the last “normal day” you had. Invite your children to draw their last day at school and add any words to the image including names of all the people on that day. Maybe listening to this recording or this one helps. When you finish, listen to this one...
Before I drove away, I asked why he called a Silver Dogwood a shrub, it was to me, a tree. He said, “Yes, but it’s all understory, growing under the big stuff.” “Hmm,” I replied.
What I knew in that moment was that this understory, this planting and growing and labor and people working together yet apart, is happening everywhere and right here, all under a vastly larger landscape, not of trees but of a virus, but also maybe something else we can’t quite see yet.
Thank goodness for the understory. It is what will save us.
What I will miss most are the children, of all ages, who make these stories. Their spirit, almost always fully visible, their trust, and their willingness to engage, always, always, reminds that the world is worth saving.
Will you join me at the Retreat in West River? Last week, while working with the 3rd-5th graders on Making Sandcastles (and what it teaches us about resilience), part of the challenge was finding a partner to work with who was not a good friend. There were eleven (11) children in the room and and to a one they said, “we don’t have any good friends in here.”
ChalkTalks: Who Am I? Each 3rd Tuesday evening beginning at 6:45pm, a few hearty folks gather together as the RRUUC Religious Education Committee begins its meeting with others who have come to talk for 30 minutes about the assigned topic — this past month’s — Why a Multiracial Multicultural Religious Education?
A Family Movie Review...what it does depict is the life of children, and some adults, trying to be “free” in spirit and to themselves, and to include others who are just a bit off and out there, non-conformists, or people for whom something has set them apart. It teaches us that freedom is a promise though there are painful costs….
New Year’s Ponderings from Gabrielle Farrell It is almost always possible to participate in congregational life on any and all Sundays…. but it is NEVER convenient. There is always something else to choose from. And once the commitment is made, it is rarely easy to get family settled and be ready to turn attention to matters of spirit.
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