Thursday, May 25, 2017

School’s Out and Hans’ Gifts

Tomorrow school ends for these yahoos.

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Did I just say “yahoos”? Huh. I’ve never said that before. And some of the kids pictured above haven’t even been in school to begin with.

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Nevertheless, school is in fact ending. And that means . . . well . . . whatever it means. We will just wait and see I suppose. Every year at the end of May and again at the end of August we get wrenched right out of our routines and our “accustomed to”s and must feel our way into a new familiar.

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In the meantime I’m going to post these pictures of Hans’ gifts.

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I kept putting off sharing them here because I wanted to write my feelings about them in just the right way, but since I’m rarely finding time to write anything at all (even in the WRONG way), I will just add them here and say that lately it occurs to me that occasionally (or maybe always) the beautiful things people create extend beyond the talent of the craft to something more like . . . inward spiritual gifts and wisdom finding an expression in a physical object. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I’ve been wondering about it lately and finding bits of certainty and truth in the idea as it slowly expands to make sense to me. Sometimes I think the beauty, light, and understanding in people can’t simply be contained in thoughts and words and expressions and acts. It needs to manifest itself in a tangible beauty as well. Which is partly why I think things can be incredibly significant, and why I can feel so emotional about the stories and insights tied to these two gifts.

(And of course I needed a picture of all four of my “Jill quilts” once Hansie got his.)

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Marilyn said...

ToMORROW?! Awesome. I like a school that lets out before Memorial Day as God intended. :)

It really would have been a treat to have you write about all these things in the WRONG way, frankly. I'm disappointed you didn't do it. But...I must say...those four quilts snuggled together with those four little people is just about the loveliest thing I've ever seen. I think I like Hansie's best! But they're all works of art. So maybe I would be a little speechless too.

Beautify Pacify said...

Hi Nancy! You've just posted the most exquisite photos!! oh my, such cuteness packed in quilts!! :)
I do attach some value to things to, in the sense that they do represent so much more than what they simply seem to be. I like the relation I develop with objects, somehow I see them as friends (does that make sense?). Especially of course the things that were crafted or offered with love. Hence a lot of decluttering atmy home... the less objects i have, the more attention (and car)e I am able to have for them. finish, holidays are starting where you are? Well, we still have a whole month to go here :(

Nancy said...

Haha. I'm going to try to write a post soon in completely the wrong way, Marilyn!

And yes, it's lovely starting summer with the Memorial Day weekend! Especially when so many others are still in school do it feels kind of unique. The only down side is that they then go back in only the 3rd week of August, and, like i believe you typically arrange with your homeschool, I'd prefer to have some more time with them into September.

Nancy said...

I like that idea, Val. That the less we have the more we can focus on/let those things be of value. Lots of stuff causes me tremendous stress and is a difficult part of my life right now with so many kids and each of them being overly protective of their toys, etc. But I do look forward to the day when I can simplify so much more!!

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