Wednesday, February 8, 2012

gone, but not forgotten

Today Erin sent a picture of the tree, or lack thereof, that used to stand in the center of our apartment courtyard at Georgetown (a.k.a.) The Fishbowl. It has been cut down since the last time we visited. And I just can't resist . . .

“And after a long time the boy came back again.
"I am sorry, Boy," said the tree, "but I have nothing left to give you-
My apples are gone."
"My teeth are too weak for apples," said the boy.
"My branches are gone," said the tree.
"You cannot swing on them-"
"I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy.
"My trunk is gone," said the tree.
"You cannot climb-"
"I am too tired to climb," said the boy.
"I am sorry," sighed the tree.
"I wish that I could give you something... but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry..."
"I don't need very much now," said the boy, "just a quiet pleace to sit and rest. I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
"well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.”
― Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree

Monday, January 23, 2012

a woman with a plan

Have you ever bought a baseball bat for a little boy that you don't have yet? Or a tutu for a ballerina who hasn't been born? Just got off the phone with a really wonderful Chicago customer! She needed a Christening gift and we had an adorable 6 to 12 month dress in stock for her (featuring pretty paisley pink fabric - one of my favorites). She told me that she has a maggie delaney dress at her house, but that she can't give it away! It is for the little girl she knows she will have one day! :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

keeping creativity in school

maggie delaney loves creativity. With spring semester comes standardized tests and "getting through the material" -- the very things we loathe about teaching and learning this time of year. Our hope for 2012 is that every maggie delaney girl has a chance each day to be creative in some way. The readings today at church was about the 3 wise men bringing gold frankincense and myrrh. The story of the 3 wise men always reminds me of my favorite education reformer, Ken Robinson, who talks about creativity, frankencense, and schools in perhaps the best TED talk ever. Watch Ken's talk, listen for the story of the 3 wise men, and comment with your favorite quote.