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Apr 15, 2013

The Cherry Blossom Festival

MaryAnn Gaver

     Finally, we have cherry blossoms!  They're late, but they're here. An unseasonably cold March left many of us in the D.C. area wondering when exactly we might see our beloved annual blooms.

     The National Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place between March 20 - April 14 this year.  It's a wonderful celebration in Washington, D.C. commemorating the March 27, 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington.

     I remember as a little girl going to see the cherry blossoms with our family of seven.  I felt like I was walking through a soft pink wonderland.  They were always gorgeous!  

      You know, our children are a lot like those little blossoms -- they'll progress in their own natural time!  Remember when they learned to crawl, walk, and talk?  We were right there to encourage, clap, and spur them on, but we didn't force them before they were ready.

     That's one of the beautiful things about homeschooling --- we can teach according to each child's particular needs.  Some kids need a fast, challenging academic pace, but others need to learn at a slower, more relaxed rhythm.  Both ways are natural.

    After our first year of homeschooling, a friend of mine asked me how the twins were doing.  She knew that they had been in private school for Kindergarten and first grade.   "It's hard to describe," I responded. "All I can say is that they've blossomed.  They're thriving -- just like flowers that start to open up and grow." 

     Enjoy teaching today!  Stay faithful.

     love,

     MaryAnn

 

Flowers are God's thoughts of beauty

taking form to gladden mortal gaze;

bright gems of earth, in which,

perchance, we see what Eden was

—what Paradise may be!

 

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE     

 

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