With Christmas spirit in the air, Julia's (Montessori) school had arranged a wonderful field trip to the Nursery, where each child is given a tree to keep and decorate. Questions were raised on the importance of trees and the role they play in our environment. Children eagerly replied that trees produce oxygen, give shelter to animals, and that some trees give us food.
In the Christmas spirit of giving, the tree itself was a gift from a nursery—both to children and the environment as the children pledged to care for their tree by watering and planting it outside after the last spring frost. What a beautiful gift indeed! Thank you for giving the children the opportunity to reconnect with nature, oneself and with others!
Today, we also had an opportunity to spread the Holiday Spirit to others. The Girl Scouts visited the Retirement Community and sang caroling and other holiday songs to its residents. It is in the giving that one finds true happiness and fulfillment. And we did indeed. It is the season of giving after all! I hope that through these experiences my children find the true meaning of giving, and discover the true happiness in it.
"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." Lao Tzu
"Happiness… consists in giving, and in serving others." Henry Drummond