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Sunday
Nov202011

A wish that could change the world...

At 6:40 this morning Ryan and I completed our exiting morning ritual.  As usual, we scan the house for any items that our dog might find delicious throughout the day and put them out of reach.  We then kiss and hug each dog and tell them how much we love them.  We then journey through the office, plastered with Montessori books and maps (which always inspires me and reminds me of how many more lessons I have in the works for the classroom and how excitied and appreciative I am of my position in life).

We then enter the garage, plastered with surfboards, tools and a huge skate ramp that Phil and Ryan built together. 

Each morning Ryan climbs up the skate ramp, does a few tricks or slides and then he skips out the garage door taking a glimpse at the sky and the energy around him.

This morning the routine was a bit different….It had a moment of inspiration that will forever stay with me.

As he slid down the ramp, he stopped for a moment and said:

“Mommy, I made a wish.”

 I said, “Oh, you did?”…..  I paused for a moment thinking...... I wonder where his mind and spirit are, at this very moment.  Another question also made its presence........….…..I questioned:  Should I ask him what he wished for?   My mind quickly replied….Yes.

I said: “So Ryan, What did you wish for?”

His reply was, “If I tell you it won’t come true”.

I said, “Some people believe that”.

He paused and as he skipped to the car and sat down and just as his seatbelt clicked,

Ryan said, “I will tell you"

 “I stood under a tree and wished that no other trees will ever be cut down.  Then I hugged the tree Mommy”.

My heart ached….

As I began to process the message I just had been given, I was experiencing feelings of happiness; admiration; and sadness.  These feelings were all intermingling as so many other thoughts raced through my head…

Thoughts such as:

I am so happy that my son and I just shared these amazing moments together!

I am so delighted that the messages that my husband and I and the people that are part of our lives pass on..... feel the same way that we do and also share the “Save the Earth” mentality.

I was moved that he thought about a tree and what it symbolizes and what it provides for all of humanity.

I was also sad that this is where life and so much of human beings' disrespect for nature and all living creatures has taken us.

There is nothing like driving by a forest that has been or is being cut down.  One can’t help think about………Let me better phrase that last statement…One can only wish that each and every person thought about and took into account the amount of life one tree provides.

It is shade.

It is a home to thousands of living entities.

Its leaves nourish the soil below.  Once they fall, they decay and become part of the earth and provide food for billions of other living creatures that work so hard to keep our soil functional for us humans…..and in turn, provide food for us.

It is a magical masterpiece of beauty for the eye to behold…..available in endless shapes, colors and varieties.

And the last, but certainly not the least important consideration is that a tree is our lifeline.  The oxygen that it so graciously provides us is done so beautifully, gently and in such a subtle manner.

A tree asks for nothing in return….We, in return,must give the respect and honor to the beautiful entities that sustain life on this magical Earth of OURS.  This is the message that my mind gave as my thoughts soared after Ryan shared his wish…….

This wish was to be taken seriously.

This was not just the wish for the fate of one tree.

It was a wish to change the world.  It was a plea to make a difference even when you feel that you are only one being and can’t possibly change the world.

Most importantly, it was a pure souls’ desperate cry for help from each and every one of us.

Ryan was reminding me, and I in response am to remind you, to do all in your power to make this world a better place. 

It is everyone’s world…..but more deservingly it is our children’s home.  It will be our children who will protect the trees and the animals and the people of the world.  It will be our beautiful creations that will be hugging trees. It will be our children protecting all forms of life and our children leading the way for the many souls that will tune in and really listen…..

If only we show them the way.

During my mind’s travel I also had another thought.

I longed to be there the moment that Ryan hugged the tree and made that wish….but, knew that I just needed to be satisfied with the wish itself.

The day went on and life presented life in many forms, as it does each day.

Friday arrived.  Our Elementary children were enjoying their weekly exploration in the woods and enjoying the tastes of life that a forest and a marsh provide.

I glanced at each of our children who were so alive in nature and enjoying oneness with the world that surrounded them.

Then I turned around and caught a glimpse of Ryan.  He was whole-heartedly hugging a tree, looking up at its immensity and whispering his wish for the fate of this tree and all of humanity.  He spoke to the tree for a few moments, gave a deeper hug and skipped away into the company of his beautiful friends.

My heart sunk and my face and every particle of my being smiled with a deep, calm sense of satisfaction….

I took a deep breath and savored the gift of air that the trees were providing and thought…

THIS MY FRIENDS, IS WHY THE WORLD NEEDS MORE MONTESSORI...

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Reader Comments (1)

What a great article about your son Ryan, it is those precious moments you will love to remember as he grows into a young man. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing. Good on you.

November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLois

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