Amber Waves of Grain

My view every evening is this:

As the sun goes in and out, and the breeze flows across the open grass, I can only think of “amber waves of grain.”  I see “spacious skies” every evening.  And some evenings I see purple, too.  Beautiful!  And I hum the song, with gratitude.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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39 Responses to Amber Waves of Grain

  1. Lovely space Jennie! And I love the fishes on the fence, it makes me want to write a funny poem 🙂

  2. As we all do, Jennie. Beautiful.

  3. You are so lucky, what a beautiful way to greet the morning or say good night to the day! Lovely!

  4. srbottch says:

    I appreciate your attitude, Jennie. Everyone should have that view, if not every eve, then every once in awhile. It would be a better world. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Norah says:

    How beautiful, Jennie.

  6. Ritu says:

    Beautiful view Jennie 😍

  7. beetleypete says:

    That skill, to see something in what most pass by and ignore. The simple things, like grain in the breeze. But we know it is not simple, it is the basis of life. Delightful.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  8. GP Cox says:

    I beam with pride over such posts as these, Jennie. Thank you.

  9. Dan Antion says:

    That’s so beautiful, Jennie.

  10. Darlene says:

    What a fabulous view. It must change with the seasons as well. Inspiring!

  11. Great view and gratitude is always key. I too, love all the ephemera on the fence. 😉

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, that’s always the key, Marlene. Always! We decorate the pool fence with fish. Lots of fish. It’s our ‘vacation home’, steps away from the house. Stopping to look and appreciate is what we soak up. I feel lucky to have a view that fills me with gratitude.

  12. willedare says:

    What a short, sweet, wise blog post! Fun to see the view from your home, too. Hurrah for gratitude. I have always loved that anthem and those lyrics. I think I remember reading a story about how those song lyrics came to be written — maybe by a woman who lived in Boston with another woman as part of a “Boston Marriage?” I need to consult Wikipedia to refresh my memory…

    • Jennie says:

      Oooo, if you find out about the song lyrics, please let me know. Thank you, Will. Sometimes there is just a moment that brings on a wave of feelings and stories that need to be told. Gratitude is a good thing. 🙂

  13. willedare says:

    Oh, yes. The story of the song is wonderful. Here’s a taste of the WIkipedia entry: “Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, “Pikes Peak”, first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled “America” for publication. Ward had originally written the music, “Materna”, for the hymn “O Mother dear, Jerusalem” in 1882, though it was not first published until 1892.[3] Ward’s music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled America the Beautiful. The song is one of the most popular of the many U.S. patriotic songs.[4]” (

  14. AJ says:

    What a beautiful view!

  15. I’m certain your heart of gratitude is felt by all you encounter.

  16. How lovely and peaceful! And, the best part…your gratitude for this beautiful scene. Thank you for sharing, Jennie. xo

  17. What a lovely, calming image and narrative, Jennie. Just what I needed. Hugs on the wing.

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