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A Wish for the Magic you Seek

Magical Woods

Ms. Eva, Lower Elementary Faculty

As St. Patrick’s Day drew near we studied the words of the famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

“The world is full of magic things,” he said, “patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

As spring begins to send shoots of green and calls of birds to our eyes and ears, warm breezes to our skin, and scents of mud and rain, we embarked into the woods to see what “magic” we could find, as it surrounds us, no matter what the season.  The minute parts of nature we often walk or drive past, without getting close enough to catch the tiniest of details, to really touch it.

As we hiked, students called out, “magical!” when they found something they wanted to show the group.  We saw a small tree growing its roots out of the top of a rock, bubbling fresh water in the stream, a couple of logs and a stone that looked as though they were a table placed there for someone.  One student remarked at a pair of trees she could balance perfectly between.  When students looked up, they saw how a mighty white pine split from one trunk into two.  Another student was completely absorbed by a circular piece of moss he found, and added it to the “magic collection” he formed on a rock.


As we feel the invigoration of the warm weather blowing in and the lengthening light of the days, may you find and appreciate the things of beauty that are blossoming up around you–whether they be in the natural world, or in relationships you tend and hold dear–the fleeting moments of a shared connection, smile, play, or warmth.

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

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