“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” -Albert Einstein-
Milly made her first visit this year to the classroom, wearing her Halloween costume. She brings joy to the children in the smallest of ways because she cares. Small is actually big, as her genuine interactions have an impact. She is one of them. Milly treats children with respect, and that is empowering. Somehow, she is able to bring what is most important to young children. Children know. That’s why they love her.
Milly is a master quilter. She has a long and wonderful history with my class. She takes the brilliant ideas and designs of children, and turns them into quilts that are works of art. Stunning. One hangs in the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and one hangs in the Fisher House in Boston.
Creating the quilts took imagination, passion, and love from both Milly and the children. Every week or so Milly would arrive and spread her work out across a table. Children watched and helped select fabrics. Those moments were bonding. Milly became an official Aqua Roomer.
Then Milly met “Gloria”, or perhaps it was the other way around. Gloria adored Milly, and still does to this day. Milly feels the same way about Gloria. Between these two friends, I am connecting generations and diversity. Children are getting a big dose of social and emotional learning. Milly and Gloria set the example for caring; Milly may be old and Gloria may be different, but they are people. And, they’re good friends. That is what the children see! Therefore, that is what they learn.
Milly gave her Halloween costume to Gloria. That’s what friends do. The significance of this for children was tremendous. They watched kindness, acceptance, love, and giving happen right before their eyes. This was a lesson in life, not a lesson in academics.
“Imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein-