Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pickwick Picnic and Nature Day

Thus far, we have studied 3 virtues. All of which we try to exercise in some way. This month our virtue has been the virtue of "humility", and what greater way could there be to examine such a virtue, than in the presence of God's greatest creations? How easy it is to be in wonder of God's greatness when we are surrounded by such majesty! The girls were all asked to find a poem about nature. We read these poems aloud. We listened to the reverence these poets expressed when they spoke of the beauty of their surroundings. MY hope was to convey this profound sentiment to these young girls, that they too might feel the need to praise the Lord for His vast love. I think I love best that little hymn that expresses so simply, yet eloquently.... "For the Beauty of the Earth, for the Glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies. Lord above to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise." Do you not feel humbled by your surroundings? I do not think there is a day that goes by when I do not see a bird, a tree, a flower, the Heavens above..... and say to myself, "to think that I am the greatest creation of all, What can i do to be worthy of such a title?" The girls were given the task to find something in nature that spoke to them. There were squirrels that would eat right out of our hands. There were birds perched in trees above. there was the brisk cool breeze of a fall afternoon. There were the vibrant fall colors in the changing leaves. All these things and more could speak to the girls. The nature notebooks were made simply out of brown paper. the girls decorated the outer cover with crayon. It was gone over in candle wax... crinkled a dozen times and ironed. the wax would help seal the covers and make them more durable. White drawing paper was placed in the inside, and they were bound together by yarn.We were able to use the beautiful journal entitled, "The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady" by Edith Holden. This precious book is full of illustrations, poems, and prayers. Each documenting the greatness of nature that she herself was witness to. This relaxed afternoon was spent in meditation, observation, and good company. We enjoyed an old fashioned picnic... and finished the Beautiful fall day with the playing of that old parlor game.... "Blind Man's Buff". I am never happier then when I can be a part of a joy filled afternoon.... complete with good friends and cheerful laughter. Oh Lovely, Lovely day!

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