The laughter of childrenPosted: December 21, 2012
On this, the harried last day of school before winter vacation, this winter solstice day of much darkness, and sadly the one week anniversary of the unspeakable event in Newtown, Connecticut, I would like to share with you, at least virtually, the laughter of children.
In the library today, instead of a lesson or a story, the fourth-grade children asked if we could play the game “Telephone”. Given that there were only twelve students present, not only did I agree readily, but I joined in myself. We were a floppy circle of bodies, decked out in green and red and glitter. A joyful vision, but it wasn’t until the silly, mixed-up misunderstandings began that I was reminded of the power of mirth. Giggles, chuckles, tee-hees and titterings filled the room. Faces bloomed with smiles. A happy energy spread throughout the group.
Thank you, children, for reminding me what this season really is all about. May you all have the most festive of winter holidays, whatever and wherever and however you celebrate!