I may have something later but not just yet.
OK … now.
I remembered there was a passage I wanted to use, but couldn’t remember where or what. When I picked up the read aloud for Whatchamacallit this morning, I remembered. We’re reading The Good Master by Kate Seredy. It is so good. Everyone always wants more and the lessons are beautifully incorporated.
Kate is a bit of a wild child. She’s a city girl who evidently gets into some trouble and is sent to live with her cousin, aunt, and uncle – the uncle being the title character. Kate has some mischievous ways that are slowly worked through as she lives life on the farm. She sees “Auntie’s” garden and is astounded by the knowledge her aunt has. She begs to grow her own garden and is given permission and instruction.
When her seedlings peek through the dirt, the excitement is almost too much to bear and she calls everyone in the family to her. Her cousin, Jancsi, is not very excited about the seedlings, but his father admonishes him:
“You know, Jancsi, I think something wonderful has happened,” said Father thoughtfully, “It’s such an everyday story to us. We know that seeds will grow into plants. But how? Why? What makes them? To Kate it’s a miracle–and so it is. Look at those tiny seedlings. See how they struggle up through heavy clumps of earth to reach thelight and sun. We are so used to it that we take it for granted, instead of gettting on our knees to thank the Lord for another gift!”
He smiled at Kate, “Little mokey, you are teaching me a lesson, too.”
I’ve talked a lot about Wonder here on this blog and what an example of the kind of Wonder I’m hoping to foster in my life and the lives of my children. What a beautiful, exciting thing it is that a seed can become a seedling can become a plant can produce beauty and/or food. And it is just an everyday story.