Early Childhood Michaelmas Celebration

Michaelmas is symbolic, ancient tradition celebrated in autumn. As the days grow shorter and the sun wanes, human beings often feel called to sleepiness. The strength of our will seems sapped, and we feel pulled towards complacency. To conquer this lethargic “dragon,” we must look inward to find strength and an “inner light” to guide us through the darkness of winter. We cannot sleep like many of the plants underground or hibernate like some of the animals. We have work to do, we must awake! (From The Waldorf School of Atlanta)

The EC Teachers, Families and Friends gathered together last Saturday for our 3rd Annual Michaelmas Gardening Morning. We woke our forces of will and together we picked apples, pressed cider, weeded garden beds and revitalized the kindergarten sandbox. The many of us, made light work of these projects and the spirit of hard work and friendships fills our play yards. At the end of our morning we toasted our efforts with the fruits of our labor, fresh, sweet apple cider. Thank you to all that helped conquer the “dragon.” May we find courage to meet these darkening days ahead together.