“To look at any thing,
If you would know that thing,
You must look at it long:
To look at this green and say
‘I have seen spring in these
woods’ will not do – you must
Be the thing you see:
You must be the dark snakes of
Stems and ferny plumes of leaves,
You must enter in
To the small silences between
The leaves,
You must take your time
And touch the very peace
They issue from.”

John Moffit

 

Throughout our two weeks at Cleveland we heard many insightful comments:
 “The trees take turns to make food as the sun moves across the sky.”- a grade 1 student eloquently states.

“WE are nature.” a grade 1 student tells me as we walk, “just like the bugs and the trees”.

“I like listening to the sound of the rain in the forest, it calms me down.”-grade 5 student reflects after a silent sit.

Thank you students and teachers of Cleveland for taking the time to linger in the ‘alligator roots’ and listen to the ‘husky, old crows’, you helped us see the forest in a whole new manner filled with “spongy blankets covering the stones in slumber” and “lean-tos for sleepy lady bugs”. After having adopted a tree the previous week and learning about what it needs to survive, a grade 1 student pops her head out of class to tell us “I have returned to the forest to feed my tree.” Yes, please return to the forest again and again. Continue on as wonderers and wanderers, carry your words and stories of these special forests far and wide, the world needs to hear them and it’s been a joy for us to listen.

~Laura and Shannon

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