26 January 2006

zippity doo dah



each thursday morning, I head downtown to teach a creative movement class to three and four year-olds at the childrens shelter. I've been wanting to write about these mornings for so long. so many fantastic little things happen during the course of those sixty minutes. though every time I sit down to write, I am overwhelmed by all the goodness. it's not me, it's all them. I find it incredibly difficult to put into words the way they melt me and make me want to live a brighter life. each week, I come to the shelter and find them wide-eyed, circled up and ready to move. I say magic words that launch each child into glorious, perpetual motion and people, it is near impossible to resist this kind of whirlwind. always ALWAYS some shaking or wiggling going on. we make fake peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with our feet and jump over imaginary mountains. we take bows and applaud each other.

and just so, so much more. more words for another day.

8 comments:

  1. Working with children makes happiness swirl. I love the photo, and I'm really intrigued about the pb&j or should I say Peanut Butter and Toe Jam sandwiches. Keep up the fun and tell the kids that they are world famous.

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  2. ok - ready for this... i took creative movement classes when i was a kid.... oh how i loved them....

    man.how many times can our paths cross??

    LOVE the photo... and that you do this... it's perfect.

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  3. i know the goodness you speak of! i used to lead active storytelling sessions with kindergarteners with special needs, as part of an adaptive p.e. program. oh the sweet faces as they became pooh bear eating from his honey pot!!!

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  4. Can I join this class, too? PLEEEAAAASSSEEE!!! I wanna dance!

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  5. oh man i miss dancing so much...gotta get moving again...love the fact that you reach out thru dance to so many parts of your community...it's so healing and pure bliss...

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  6. I bet you are THE BEST teacher! I wish I could watch you interact with the kids...I bet it is all around goodness!

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  7. i wanna come play with you and the kids...

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