March 21, 2013

in time of daffodils - e.e. cummings


Do you recognize that building?
It’s the last morning of school before spring break.  For our preschool families, spring break has already started.  Even though the weather forecast in Boulder calls for snow tonight and into the weekend, we can feel confident that the cold is only temporary.  The days are already longer. We’ve felt the warmth of the March sun on our faces this week, and we know that the days will only get warmer from here on out.

I love this time of year.  For students and teachers and I’m sure parents alike, we’re ready for a few days away from school, a time to recharge.  For some, a time to get in a few last runs on the slopes.  For others, a time to walk in the neighborhood and notice the crocuses already blooming and the tulips on their way.

Near my house, there’s an old crabapple tree.  Twisted and worn, it’s seen change come again and again.  Once upon a time some now unknown person planted dozens of daffodil bulbs at its base.  Each spring, new flowers push through the fertile earth, a new dawning.  Standing in proud clusters, the yellow heads are the surest signs to me that winter is past and a new energy has arrived.

The poem ‘in time of daffodils’ by e.e. cummings is among my favorites.  If you don’t know it, it goes something like this….

in time of daffodils (who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how

in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so (forgetting seem)

in time of roses (who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if,remember yes

in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek(forgetting find)

and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me,remember me

To me, this poem is a reminder about the simple things in life, about finding humility, and that our purpose is to grow and change.

At Friends’ School, as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary this year and look back at all the ways the school has changed over time, we are grateful.  And stronger for all who have been part of our history and all who are part of our present.

This week we announced a number of changes ahead as we plan for next school year.  Long-time teachers are switching roles, we prepare to say goodbye to some beloved teachers, and we welcome fresh faces. 

Change. New energy. Springtime. Part of who we are.

I wish all of our families, and all readers of this column, a delightful spring break. I hope you find daffodils. May you return to school refreshed, recharged, and ready for spring.

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