It is true, the best classroom in the world is the world. Though books are great for growing young minds, I strongly believe that children (and adults) need to go out there to the world they live in to feel the lessons.
The best teacher is often the parent. What my parents taught me all those decades ago still reverberated strongly in me. And indeed, my biology teacher, Mrs Jenny Woods who took the class out on field trips to Harting and Stoughton.
And so I am back here again, walking in my beloved Hampshire, far from the madding crowd.
We came across a field of devastation: the hot, relentless summer had scorched this whole vast field of beans.
“Oh no,” I said, with feeling. I remember what my father told me about his childhood: he had grown up in a farm, and one summer, a whole field of crop was ruined, with just one blade standing. A lone tear rolled down my father’s cheek, all those decades later.
“What happened, Jacqueline?” Little Berti asked. He slipped his tiny hand in mine. The youngest of the triplets, he was particularly in tune with my emotions.
“The sun, it destroyed this whole field. There was no rain, so the plants burned.”
“Why didn’t the farmer water his plants?” Christian asked.
“Because the cost of watering this large field, so far from a water source, would cost more than his crop.”
“Let’s pick the alive ones to eat,” Alex said.
And with the wisdom of an old soul, Berti (named after Umberto Ecco) said firmly, “We will take the seeds home to plant them, so that they may grow again next year.”
My heart soared at those words for this is the most precious lesson of all, that life is kindness and cruelty, good times and bad times, but we must have hope always ❤
Drying the seeds in the sun for next season, may God bless us:
What I love about your writing is that there’s always something or a line or a phrase that will lift my mood and make me feel happy and hopeful!
“…but we must have hope always” ❤
LikeLiked by 1 person
Thank you for your kind comment ❤ I try to stay on track (this is a feel-good blog which I started when I was going through my cancer treatment) but sometimes I go off-tangent completely: yesterday's post's message was "extrafoliate, extrafoliate, extrafoliate" (!!!!) Thank you for being part of my universe.
Thank you for your kind words, YWood….it validates what I am trying to do: I started this feel-good blog three years ago when I was going through my cancer treatment. But sometimes, I go off tangent completely -yesterday’s message was “extrafoliate, extrafoliate, extrafoliate”! Thank you for being part of my universe.
Thank YOU for all your writings that are always so uplifting and give hope!
Yes, I read your article on exfoliating. And I agree with your dermatologist. Not only exfoliate your face but body too.
Be happy! ❤
My partner thinks I am nuts, paying all this money to be told to scrub up, lol. Be happy too, dear friend