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The calm and then the storm

On Friday, February 5th, we arrived at school knowing that a huge snowstorm was coming our way. The Federal government was on leave and DC Schools were closing at noon. On that same Friday, as anticipation grew, and flakes of snow began to fall, Swatantar Mann, the assistant teacher in room 9 arranged for a friend, Ms. Clare,  to visit the Kindergarten classes. guestClare came to share the stories within the movements of indian dance. Despite the heightened mood all around, the children were transformed with scarves, mylesfabrics, and Swatantars jewels & beads juliacarolineand mesmerized by the calm and mystic stories of Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman and more. Hand positions, moving fiercely without making a sound, and using the eyes to become a character were just some of the exercises.It was just so beautiful to watch the calm and concentrated effort that went into each movement.brigid1ellie rashad lauren1 matthew eve And then it was noon. It took over an hour to drive 7 miles home as the city evacuated. By evening the world around us was eerily quiet and postcard quaint with glittering snow everywhere. When Saturday morning arrived, we knew for sure that “Snowmageddon” arrived.snow In complete agreement with the 100 languages: angels were made in the middle of the street, angels the environment was explored, mesnow home made bread was baked and soup was made,bread and tea my husband and I sang as we shoveled,lamar and we danced to entice our little dog to go outside. My daughter (who leaves for Brazil on Tuesday where it is 95 degrees) and I created a Snow Goddess sculpture. arianamarla In a few days, when I become fatigued and annoyed by trying to negotiate getting to and from work, parking spaces, and the grocery store, I hope I will look at the smiling Goddess on our front lawn and remember the smell of freshly baked brownies in the oven and the feeling of contentment as I wrote this post. godess

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  1. Posted February 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm | #

    All the senses engaged before, during, and after our amazing snow storm. Thanks for sharing it in such an eloquent way!

  2. Posted February 7, 2010 at 9:01 am | #

    We were so disappointed that we only got a light dusting up here…your snowmageddon looks like such fun!

  3. Posted February 7, 2010 at 10:48 am | #

    We got our Snowmageddon last winter and while it was beautiful, and while I was happy for the children who got to play in a rare Seattle snow, the roads were miserable and long established plants were killed.

    That said, I did all of my holiday shopping within walking distance of my house. The nearest toy store is about 2 miles away and the woman who owns it (also a preschool teacher, I learned) said it was her best month ever. And, of course, I handmade the rest of my gifts from stuff I already had around the house. Both of these are traditions I continued this December.

    It’s so warm here this winter that it’s even raining the mountains, which means water rationing this summer, but I’m enjoying it nevertheless.

    What an inspirational post.

  4. Posted February 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm | #

    beautiful! Thanks for sharing your snow pictures. I have to admit I’m a little sick of the snow here in richmond but your pictures make me feel better about it all.

  5. louise Chapman
    Posted February 8, 2010 at 8:39 am | #

    Even when you are at home you are thinking of your school family.
    Thanks for your sharing.

  6. Posted February 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm | #

    Love that snow goddess!! It sounds like she’ll be around smiling at you for a few more days. What did you sing for a shoveling song?
    ps nice bread. It’s almost impossible not to photograph them when they come out that pretty.

  7. Clare
    Posted February 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm | #

    As the “friend” who came to dance with the children I have to say that I was completely enthralled by their ability to transform the concepts of story characters and animals in to body movements! They “got it” immediately and were a true joy to work with. Your school is amazing and I would love to collaborate with you anytime! And, I love your snow goddess, too! (PS – Hi Rachel!)

  8. Posted February 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm | #

    You and your daughter are so lovely. Wishing her a safe trip to Brazil! Oh, my, the goddess is fabulous!

  9. Posted February 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm | #

    So sorry I omitted your name! I had a complete recall issue, I’ll add it now.

  10. Jere
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 9:41 am | #

    Love it Marla! Great pictures!

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