From the art room...


“…all the magical portals are allegories for works of art, across whose threshold we all step into other worlds. ” (Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby)

The end of the school year is an equally momentous occasion for teachers, parents and students. It holds significance for all of us in different ways, but some years are particularly notable. As I wrote yesterday, my baby is leaving preschool and the transition to kindergarten is a big step for him. My oldest is going into “intermediate” – the years when learning shifts direction and more responsibility will fall on her. When it comes to change she is cautious. The end of every school year is bittersweet for me, because we say goodbye to a group of students who are leaving us to go on to high school. Usually they are excited, sometimes they are nervous, once in awhile they are sad to go – but we are always sad to see them leave. Many of them have been with us for at least eight years and we have laughed and grown together as we learned…   This year is particularly hard for me, as many of the families moving on are the last of their line – they were a wonderfully committed and caring group of people, and I will miss them. They are on the threshold of some new adventure, and I hope they take a little bit of our world through the portal with them as they step over…

When I came across this quote from Rebecca Solnit last week I thought of the incredible art work created by these students to decorate for the farewell celebration we gave them.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Each one is as vibrant and unique as the child that painted it, and each one is a window into the world waiting for them. I hope their futures are a bright and beautiful as their biggest dreams…















4 thoughts on “Thresholds…

    • I’m so glad you liked it! The Faraway Nearby is an excellent book. I love the way she writes, connecting memories to stories… It’s such a natural way to create a memoir and so poetic too. Let me know what you think! I would like to read some of her other books too. Thanks for reading!


  1. Brewed a fresh cup a coffee this beautiful summer Sunday morning, sat back, and enjoyed catching up on your posts Lara. Very much enjoyed the read. Hope you and your family are having a terrific summer.


    • Thanks for reading! I have barely had a moment to post anything, so I guess we are definitely enjoying the summer – I am grateful that it’s so long this year! We have been so busy coming and going that I haven’t had time yet to compile any photos! I hope you are enjoying it too. I was thinking yesterday how amazing it is to have so much time to focus on non-work priorities, and yet the time still goes by so quickly. I can hardly believe we are down to the end almost…
      I loved reading about your day with WordPress – hope to hear about it in person at the faith day in September! Enjoy every second of these last two weeks…

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