“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
– A.A. Milne
It’s hard to believe we’ve been back to school for two months, but the calendar reminds us that we are entering the shorter and darker days of late autumn. Many people suffer a mild depression for the lessening of daylight. This Seasonal Affective Disorder can be cured by a special sunlight lamp or, in my humble opinion, an even better cure, spending time with the beautiful children who attend St. Francis Academy.
At school we are most fortunate for our children, particularly the little ones, live in the moment and enjoy each activity and challenge the day presents. It raises one’s spirits to see them playing, praying, learning, and growing. They are filled with joy when they see their classmates in the morning, or head out to play on the slides, and their joy is immeasurable when they see their parents at the end of the day.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a visionary French Jesuit, wrote, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” If so, the presence of God permeates our school and we are touched by innumerable moments of joy each day, to see them our eyes and hearts must be open to the experience. Let me share with you a few of the joyful moments I’ve experienced this week: Sr. Dora and Sr. Kathleen Toman came to visit to the great joy of everyone. The 7th grade lined up to hug and greet the sisters bringing a tear of joy to the eyes of all present. Two delightful first graders reminded me that they were flying on a plane to Disneyland and proceeded to list every wonderful thing they would see, the joy was shining from their eyes. The joyful return to a class of a dear student after an appendectomy, lots of hugs and big smiles! The joy that fills the faces of the Student of the Day when their names are announced. The joy of companionship, success and service, all are sure sings of the presence of God here at SFA.
So, my dear parents, let us put down our cell phones and show our children the joy we experience as parents. Then with the wisdom and optimism of Winnie the Pooh every day can be our favorite day.
God bless you,
Ms. Deborah Savage