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Friday, March 25, 2011

Magic, synchronicity and moments worth sharing

This morning down by the river, Milana was sitting on a log and inviting all the other children to come along for a drive with her.  She was enthusiastic and calling for some to sit in the front and some to sit in the back and very happy to be driving.  Anna was the most obliging of all her passengers.  Where ever Milana wanted to go sounded great to her!

After a while, she got up and started to 'magic' things.  She would put her arms out straight, focusing on where she wanted the magic to go and roll her hands saying, 'Magic, magic ... and then name whatever she wanted to change'.  At the moment she named what she wanted to change, she'd direct all her energy towards that thing, throwing her arms towards it and looking directly at it with very strong intent.

At one point, she stood looking at the 'car' and said, 'I need a boat.'  Then added, 'I'll magic one.'  She held her arms out towards the 'car', focused, waved her hands and said, 'Magic, magic, magic, magic ... ... boat.'

The instant she said the word boat, she lifted her head to a noise and right in front of her, in the very instant she spoke, appeared a man paddling a boat along the river. 

Milana took the boat in and without missing a beat, simply said, 'Oh there's my boat' as if she had totally expected it to be there and nothing less.
Very much a moment of total synchronicity and the beauty of a child's embrace of, 'As I said, so it was'

A few other gems from today ...

Cosmos looking up at a tree overhanging the fence by the river calls 'Look, look a spider'.  He insists on having a look and I pull the branch down closer for him to see.  His spider is actually a bit of tangled grass from the recent flooding caught in the leaves.  He notices it isn't a spider, shifts attention to take in some little things like tiny gum nuts next to this, gives a sigh, looks at me and says with wide eyes, 'Hmm ... peas!'

Milana talking away to us all at one point, 'When I'm longer, I'm gonna be taller.'

Anna sizing herself up with a wheelbarrow.  She was totally pleased with the freedom to stand there one hand on each handle with a real wheelbarrow.

There were a few school groups visiting for the day, 5 and 6 year olds which isn't so much bigger than the children with me, yet what a funny thing unfolded.  In the barn the 'big' kids were with a teacher in the bottom of the barn.  Our little gang walked in near the hay to see them.  This meant standing near the wire as if peering through a fence.  They all stood there and at first were met by bigger faces peering back, then they stood and watched.  Next thing little comments started.  'Look at that one.' 'She's got a hat.'  'He's funny' and suddenly the whole things felt like we were visiting a zoo enclosure and our little gang were enjoying another larger species on the other side of the fence.  Daisy and Cosmos got totally immersed in this for ages.

Cosmos and Anna wading through the long green grass ...

Daisy spent ages watching Milana rock collecting.  She'd chat about it to me, then sit and watch.  Milana was immersed, sitting in the dirt talking away to herself about each rock, lifting her head from time to time to say something to Daisy and I and filling her pockets.  She came over to show Daisy and I what she had, 'Look at my woks.'  Daisy gingerly peered in as if she wasn't quite sure what sort of thing she'd see in those pockets yet  when she did see, gave a gasp of surprise and said, 'Rocks'.  When Daisy was filled up and spilling over with taking in the experience Milana was having, she jumped up, gave a little skip looked round for a bit and chose the biggest rock she could find. She then came to me with a smile from ear to ear as if to say, 'Well I watched how it was done for a while and look what I found for myself.'

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