Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Connections--

Just back from a walk with Harley at the wildlife preserve where the sun shimmered on the cold water from which the ice is retreating; birds lifting voices in song to the clear, crisp air; snow reluctantly receding from all the shaded nooks and crannys; a goose gingerly walking at the edge of the ice near the open water. Old man winter, who waited until January to let us know he was still in charge, seems to be reluctantly accepting the end of the season and spring appears to be creeping in step by step with all it's glorious rebirth of green and wonderful colors of flowers as they greet the warmth and sun. I love this time of year and eagerly search for each new sign-- the robins in the grass, the daffies peeking through the last of the snow, the warmth of sun anemic no more, and the joyous sound of the choir as more and more birds join in. This connection to the rebirth of spring and the demise of winter, to the cycles of nature --touch the core of my soul,helping me bury old hurts, and rejoice in the innocence and possibilities for rejuvenation.

Even more, I am touched by those human connections in which there is a reaching out on both sides, and a desire to know and appreciate the uniqueness of each. One extremely poignant connection today has made my heart soar. I've been deep in the comments of the blogs of the Blogicians for a number of months. Relationships have developed as we questioned, celebrated, and learned from each other. Imagine, a group of thoughtful, kind, bright, eager 5th graders and an old teacher, now retired. Through text, we had come to know each other. Their accomplished teacher, Mrs. C., has nurtured their blogging, their development as bloggers and their learning community. She has modeled the joy of learning and delight that arises from experimenting with words. She has fostered meaningful relationships and choreographed the environment for a memorable one today. Skype, though finicky, brought bloggers and commenter, some 1000 miles apart, together for a brief moment in time. There was an electricity in the air; you could feel the excitement in both places; grins and smiles permeated the call. As I heard the voice of each blogger, and responded in kind, I rejoiced in the knowing that our souls had touched and each had been irrevocably turned to the light. And that I would always remember this moment in time--

Mrs. C. and Blogicians, thank you! My life is the richer for knowing and connecting with you---

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Lani,
How r u today? How was the trip? Did Harley listen to u while you took him on a walk? And I would like to think you for commenting on all of our post! You are a great person!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lani it was fun talking to you over Skype. On the class blog we have a new post and don't you think those pictures are just adoreable? Replie your question at Emmy's Corner.

Anonymous said...

I think this post would be great in a poem book. The birds chirp at my house and the bamboo forest is greener then grass. my dog sure loves sleeping in bamboo forests. she digs holes and rests. (except when we throw treats in the forest!) did you think of the sights and sounds yourself or did you get a little help from a poem book? replie on michaels magical blog. , michael

Anonymous said...

DEAR LANI,
I NEVER thought that your voice was so pretty and gentle.I hope to her your voice agian. When you were discribing your pictrue it seemed as if I was THERE.

BYE
ANNI

Anonymous said...

Lani,
I love how you describe the beautiful warm colors, I just wish I was there! Every thing looks peaceful and beautiful I can imagine me there. I love it! maybe you can send more pictures some day to atleast imagine my self in there. Do you like to go outside with harley when the weather is like that and the sun is setting down, I know I would.

Rosalinda

Lani said...

Hi there anonymous,

Harley almost always listens when we go on a walk! And he certainly did that day! The rabbits aren't around yet, so he didn't have the chance to try stalking one--

I thoroughly enjoy commenting to each of you on your blogs!

Best,
Lani

Lani said...

Hi Emmy,

I'm commenting here and do hope that you find it.

The pictures of Eli are just adorable I truly agree! And you wrote such good welcomes for him!

I hope we can skype again soon!

Best,
Lani

Lani said...

Hi Michael,

Just being there gave me the words to describe the sights and sounds of that evening--no poem books this time! It was such an incredible evening--

You've mentioned the bamboo forest before; how tall is the bamboo? Sounds as if Sparky likes it because it is cool?

Best,
Lani

Lani said...

Hi Anni,

Thanks so much for commenting here on my blog. I hope we have an opportunity to skype again soon!

Best,
Lani

Lani said...

Hi Rosalinda,

Yes, Harley and I really enjoy our walks when the weather is fine and not too warm. There were lots of people and kids there today. We really like it better in the morning when we often have the entire park to ourselves.

Sorry I don't have more pictures just now, but when the ducks and geese have their babies, I'll be sure to take some and post them!

Best,
Lani