Susan, Mari, Elliot, B-Bob and I got to go to Andrew’s school this morning to celebrate his school birthday. It was supposed to be a couple weeks ago but he was sick, which worked out well because I had a meeting that morning I could not miss.
Birthdays are a very special time in the Waldorf Community, and there is a special ceremony they celebrate in Andrew’s class. We got there at 10:45, just in time for snack. Miss Carmy made a cake, and we provided a fruit salad. They sang their birthday song and Andrew blew out the candles. While we all sat around and ate Miss Carmy read through the birthday card book they had put together for Andrew. Every child draws a picture and writes a little (very little) note. After cleaning up we headed into another room and gathered in a circle. Miss Carmy told a semi-customized birthday story (same story, different names) about Andrew and then we all got to go outside and hang out for a while, until pick-up time, which is at noon.
It was nice to get a glimpse into Andrew’s world and nice to get to see all the kids in his class. Andrew was thrilled and made his signature excitement/bashful face a few times throughout the morning.