This was a Halloween like no other. We went to a “Halloween Journey” done by a local Waldorf kindergarten. It was amazing, beautiful, and magical. In short, there were about 7 stations and a wordless angel lead us to each one where the children would stop to listen to the gnome, wizard, explorers and Native Americans, man in the woods, Jonah (in the whale), and a king and queen. These people would say a message to the children and then give them something special: fairy water, precious stones, rocks of courage, and sweet treats like a honey stick. I can’t even describe it in words. Ava was mesmerized and so were we.
From what I can gather of the Waldorf tradition, they design their festivals and celebrations from all spiritual beliefs. At school tomorrow, Ava will be celebrating the Day of the Dead. At this Halloween Journey there was magic- wizards, fairies, gnomes; there was appreciation of nature- Native Americans, St. Francis; there was Jonah in the whale talking about compassion; and of course an angel lead us through the journey. Saturday night we’ll go on a lantern walk that will represent the festivals of light celebrated by many cultures around the world at this time. The children will carry lit lanterns around the block while singing songs about light. While Ava doesn’t understand every word spoken at these events, I believe something is touching her soul. She is reverent and serious, contemplating the power of the messages.
Again I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this preschool where Ava learns about compassion, courage, cultural celebrations and so much more that I can’t even put into words. Some things we just have to feel.