A comment often bandied about the Pre-Prep staff room, as we watch the children playing on the field is, ‘if only we could remember those carefree days of childhood.” It is such a shame we forget what life was like before life’s experiences moulded us into the people we are today with all the trials and tribulations that form part of our everyday lives. This is why childhood is such a special and magical time which needs to be cherished until every last drop of it has been squeezed out. This is also the reason why when a parent despairs that their child has no sense of urgency I just think ‘lucky child’ and secretly hope the said child continues to not develop such a sense for a while longer.
Last week, when walking through the Year 3 and 4 Rose Garden, I witnessed a wonderful sight that made my heart sing as a Year 4 child left one of the classrooms and cartwheeled her way across the grassed area to deliver a message to a teacher in the opposite room. She did not know that I had seen her, and neither did I want her to know, because in that moment she had simply enjoyed being a child free from any pressures or worries and happy in her own little world. I hope she continues to cartwheel her way through childhood and hopefully into adult life too; I would love to join her but sadly never mastered the art of cartwheels!