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Head's Corner, September 30, 2014
Saturday was such a beautiful day. I started my day as I always do, searching for my glasses on my nightstand trying to find the remote control to turn to a reputable news station. As I flipped through the stations, I was captivated by the flurry of the roaring 20s, people dancing ferociously, trumpets blasting and ladies donning costumes with sequins and pearls. It was the movie, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book “The Great Gatsby,” one of my favorite books of all time. Every time I read the book, I learn something new. While the movie did not capture the literary genius of Fitzgerald, I nonetheless was quite energized. The day only got better when I arrived at CMS for The Silent Journey.
Like Gatsby, we had our own visions of grandeur. The Silent Journey was our attempt to give the community an opportunity to learn the basic principles of the Montessori philosophy while being completely immersed and reflective of the teaching and learning that goes on at CMS. Approximately 35 parents showed up for the event! Each building was filled with lively teachers and engaged parents as we silently danced through materials, and lessons. The rooms were decorated with golden beads, pink towers, stunning world maps in vibrant colors and a myriad of alluring materials.
The journey, from the Toddler to Primary classes, Lower to Upper Elementary and then culminating at the Middle School, was without a doubt, a huge success. The place was “jumping!” The excitement came from those willing participants who may not have known at the onset what the outcome would be and yet claimed that this was the “best party ever!” After the event, I drove home in silence for the first ten minutes. I smiled as I reflected upon the dancing that just occurred. While out of step at times, we ended up in sync.
I turned on my music and listened intently to Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful.” It was from the soundtrack of the Great Gatsby. She belted out “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful? I know you will. I know you will. I know you will. Then I had an aha moment. I thought “will you still love us when you perceive us as no longer young and beautiful.” We hope that you will. We hope that you will. We hope that you will. We will wear our gold hats as we join you in the continuous dance. Thank you for joining us in this journey.
In case you missed the Silent Journey experience, please click here.