Autumn is perhaps one of my favourite times of the year, especially when enjoying its awe and wonder through the eyes of the children. Gasps of delight are abundant this season as autumn treasures are discovered: shiny conkers hiding in their prickly cases, the wonder of the sycamore seed twizzling through the air, the vibrant colours as the leaves change their colour and dance in the wind, the exciting sound of the leaves crunching underfoot and the first morning it is cold enough to pretend you are a dragon breathing out fire! It never fails to remind me of the brilliant poem, ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies:
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
In the busyness of everyday living, autumn seems to be a wonderful sign reminding us that we should just stop and take a moment to notice the beauty of the world around us and perhaps to see it once again through the eyes of a child.
We celebrated Harvest on Monday with a special assembly, ably led by Year 2, in which each year group treated us to a song they had especially learned for the celebration. The children also generously brought in produce to donate to people less fortunate than themselves. It was a wonderful, uplifting service which served to confirm our thanks for the wonderful world in which we live.