The great outdoors is a window for reflection.
We just have to stop and look.
I was sitting by my pool long after dinner time.

Do you see the many reflections in the pool?
They’re telling me to pay attention,
to be on the lookout for wonders.

E.B. White said it best,
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

I payed attention.
I looked at a favorite fish.
The reflection made me look again, closely.

And then I looked once again.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

I collect fish.  They are my children.  Each one is unique.
From antique to quirky, sparkly to plain,
each one has a name (really) and a personality.
It is much the same as my preschoolers.

Dinner never happened because our wonderful neighbors
popped over for a visit.  Their child is now greeting each of our fish,
like a preschooler meeting new friends.

The lovely evening after friends said goodbye was my time for reflection;
sunset, fish, children, neighbors, and nature.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.”
~Robert Brault~


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty 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 am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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123 Responses to Reflections

  1. Wonderful, Jennie! As a teacher you always need some distraction, and to free your mind. You have a really great environment to do. Enjoy a wonderful week! xx Michael

  2. vrolikenote says:

    How beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  3. quiall says:

    What a lovely post! We should all be a little reflective, it would be good for us.

  4. The teacher is those who have taught never leaves. Well done, Jennie.

  5. srbottch says:

    Wonderful, Jennie. There is so much to see if we only look. And you don’t have to go far. I tried to tell the kids after the ‘CC’ the same thing and I had them looking up, down, all around. Beautiful story.

  6. beth says:

    what a beautiful experience, Jennie. we are constantly being taught lessons when we least expect them

  7. Dan Antion says:

    I love seeing reflections in the water. The fish are beautiful, Jennie. So nice of you to share.

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you liked it, Dan. I must have at least 30 fish, probably more. The one in the photo is Mr. Mica. He says Hello. 🙂 Thank you!

  8. Darlene says:

    I love your fish and the fact they all have names! A lovely place to reflect.

    • Jennie says:

      How can my summer children not have names? 🙂 The fella in the photo is Mr. Mica. There’s Flashy, Ted, Mr. Scales, Jewels…. Thanks so much, Darlene.

  9. It looks like it was a lovely evening poolside.

    The reflections were lovely too. I love that the fish have names.🥰

  10. Lovely post Jennie, I love that you collect fish and give them names. Fab reflections.

  11. beetleypete says:

    You pool is very impressive. I can’t swim, but I would love to sit and watch the reflections enjoying a glass of wine.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  12. Your garden and pool look so calming and tidy

  13. I love the fish collection. Looks beautiful and I bet it keeps people entertained when they see one they hadn’t noticed before.

  14. Super post, Jennie. Terrific reflections. No dinner? I don’t thnk I could do that.

  15. smacp1 says:

    Your ideas about being open to wonder remind me of this article. Have you read it? It’s good stuff. I’m enjoying your writing so much and looking forward to digging back through the archives of your blog!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Sarah. I will check out the article. I like your blog posts! What grade do you teach?

      • Sarah says:

        Thank you! And thanks for the follow! I have taught k/1 for the last 4 years. Moving to 4th grade next year!

      • Jennie says:

        Wonderful! In all my 37 years of teaching, I have learned that the most important thing I do for children is reading aloud. I hope you will read aloud to your 4th graders! If you need book recommendations, let me know. 🙂 Fingers crossed children won’t have to wear masks in September.

  16. petespringerauthor says:

    How nice to see you enjoying your summer, Jennie! I’m glad that you could see your sisters, even if it was not under the best of circumstances. I pay attention to any quotes that E.B. White has because he was a master storyteller.

    • Jennie says:

      Hi, Pete! Thanks so much. It’s been a hot summer so far, and the pool is an oasis, especially in the evening. Yes, E.B. White was truly the master!

    • Jennie says:

      P.S. I thought you hadn’t written a post in a while, but I see now that your recent posts have not appeared in my reader. Those WP gremlins… will catch up soon.

      • petespringerauthor says:

        I never know why that happens. One thing that has happened to me quite frequently is that I don’t get notifications that others have commented back on some sites. Then I forget that I’ve commented and never see their comments. I’m guessing there is a quick fix, so maybe I’ll drop WordPress a question. I am finally getting close to seeking an agent now that my first children’s novel has been thoroughly vetted.

      • Jennie says:

        The Happiness Engineers at WP are great on live chat. How exciting about finding an agent! Now that school is over and our traveling is out of the way, I can knuckle down on finding an agent. I will use Query Tracker. What will you use to find one?

      • petespringerauthor says:

        No agent yet. I’m downright anal this time about thoroughly vetting my work before I submit it. While I wouldn’t say I rushed into things with my first book, I didn’t hire an editor. If I’m being objective (I’m pretty good about assessing my writing though I highly recommend getting help from others), I regret not taking that step as I can see some issues. Sometimes we’re a little too close to our own work to see obvious flaws. My editor has been just the right balance in her role as a cheerleader while also offering helpful suggestions.

      • Jennie says:

        I know exactly what you mean. Everyone said my book was wonderful, but I knew it needed work. Thank goodness my editor was brutally honest. She’s the best. Keep me posted on your book.

  17. Norah says:

    Beautiful reflections, Jennie. I love fish too. 🙂

  18. Nothing better than being by water… especially as the sun goes down…lovely Jennie..hugsx

  19. skylinerise says:

    Amazingly written! Loved your post ❤

  20. jryb29 says:

    Lovely post! I love the little quote at the end

  21. casparlatete says:

    You quote: E.B. White said it best,
    “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

    Nobody before Leonardo (not even the Greeks nor the Romans) ever mentioned the amazing everyday phenomena of exactly what happens when you take two small pebbles, one in each hand, & simultaneously throw them onto the surface of still water so they make contact with the water at the same time a few yards apart & watch what happens when the waves so formed meet.
    If you don’t know, try it. :0)

    • Jennie says:

      It’s the ‘everyday’ that many people miss. The little things, like those ripples in the water that you mention, are wondrous. Thank you.

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  25. Elizabeth says:

    My towel and suit are in the car. Be right over! LOL

  26. Stacy says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jennie! I really enjoyed this quote from your post, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
    and realize they were the big things.”
    ~Robert Brault~

  27. Simple pleasures are the best . . .

  28. Harshit says:

    WONDER- With Own Nature Dreams Enjoyment in Reality.
    Where is it?
    Nicely Described.

  29. Veronica says:

    I can see why your neighbors would want to visit you! Your environment looks inviting and I love your whimsical fish 😊

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  31. Athira says:

    Soo beautifully expressed..👌

  32. This is such a lovely post!!💙

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  34. Very keen & beautiful observations!!

  35. dgkaye says:

    Loved the story and the pictures and the sentiment. And the quotes. ❤

  36. Pratik says:

    Which country you are

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