Hello again everyone,
There’s been a real mixed bag of weathers out there in the last week hasn’t there! One minute it’s boiling hot and the next, it’s cool and raining, with the odd rumble of thunder mixed in. In some ways it’s very similar to the emotions and sensations we have all been experiencing during this time of change. One day we feel on-top of things and we’re able to manage our feelings and just enjoy being with one another, the next day, everything appears heavy and it feels like we are carrying a great weight on our shoulders, even to the extent where we feel people don’t understand what we’re going through and we’re on our own.
So what kind of coping strategies and ideas can we use to help us when we’re faced with this gambit of emotions? One of our go to strategies at home has been to focus on nature and notice how God’s creatures carry on regardless and cope with all that life throws at them. This week my children have returned to their fascination of insects (beetles, bees, butterflies). During that hot spell last week, butterflies seemed to appear from everywhere. So my daughter acquired some caterpillars in a plastic tub. Over the last few weeks she has seen them eat, grow and form into chrysalis’ (5 of them). She then very lovingly transferred them into a safety net in preparation for their reappearance as beautiful butterflies! It sounds exhausting just talking about it! But, after 7-10 days, they immerged from their sleep. What a transformation!
The butterflies live within the safety net for 2 or 3 days, being fed fruit and drinking sweetened water, before they can then be released (during the warmest part of the day).
So on Monday we released them. Two ‘Painted Lady’s’ flew out straight away, up over the garden hedge, caught by the wind and away. Two others took a little longer. There was some flexing of wings in preparation and then, all of sudden, they sprang into the air and were gone. The final butterfly, however, refused to move. It didn’t go anywhere. It appeared very reluctant to leave the safety of the net and enter the big wide world. So, my daughter, Rosie, very carefully lifted the butterfly out of the net on the palm of her hand and waited…and waited. The ‘Painted Lady’ then cautiously crawled out onto my daughter’s first finger and perched there for what seemed like an age, and then with a gentle flap of its stunning wings and a tiny spring from its spindly legs, it fluttered peacefully away. And do you know, I think it actually waved goodbye to my daughter as it did so.
‘See you, and thanks!’ it seemed to say.
My daughter raved about this for the rest of the day and was still talking about it when she was tucked up in bed that evening. She described it as one of the most amazing experiences that she had ever had. Have a look at the images below.
Now, life can often be like this. Sometimes we can’t wait to be set free and face the next challenge head-on. We are so excited at the prospect of a new adventure or experience that we dive into it without needing to think. Other times we consider our choices for a moment (pause for thought) before making the appropriate decision and then venturing forward, and on other occasions we are afraid to try something new and we need more time to prepare ourselves for what’s to come and may require additional love and support from trusted family and friends, in order for us to take that next brave step.
We have all been experiencing constant change over the spring and summer and soon we will be thinking about, and preparing ourselves for, new classes, new teachers, new schools and making new friends. And all of us will approach this differently and that is perfectly OK.
Remember, LOVE (our first Core Value), is a constant. However we are feeling? However we deal with these new experiences? However much support we need? However excited or worried we may appear? LOVE is constantly there for us, it stands us in good stead and never fails.
In the Bible it says that: GOD IS LOVE and then it describes what love is. These words, from The Bible, are often recited at weddings and funerals as a reminder to us all of the power of love and how it can strengthen and support us, no matter how we are feeling:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in bad things but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and it always perseveres.
MY LOVING CHALLENGE THIS WEEK.
Using this phrase create anything you like: a poem, a song, a painting, a photograph, a story, a postcard, a poster, a dance routine, a definition, a sketch, a meal, a list, a recipe, an exercise, a power point, a proverb, an announcement, a dairy, a thought, a speech…
Thrive Activities EYFS/KS1 – week 15
Helpful web links: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/206/play-dough
Thrive Activities KS2 - week 15
Helpful web links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYTrIcn4rjg