From the talk by Sir Ken Robinson (a shared link on my last post), I was struck by his quote on dreams:

Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
by W.B. Yeats

Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet;
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

" And, everyday, everywhere, our children spread their dreams underneath our feet. And we should thread softly. " said Sir Ken Robinson in the talk.
" ... We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process. It's an organic process. And, you cannot predict the outcome of human development; all you can do, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish ... "


These images were taken before last summer (early June 2010) ...
After a rainy and windy day, unripe fruits were found everywhere on the ground. Iza picked them up and opened to see what they looked like before fully grown ... They were green and sour ...
The fruits had not yet begun to flourish before they were taken down by the wind.



soft construction said...

that's a really lovely poem by W.B Yeats. I really enjoy Sir Ken Robinson's talks at Ted.com. I agree with the sentiments whole heartedly.

CdP said...

Let them grow as beautiful plants .. Watering them with care and love!

kenza said...

Oh I agree with this so much! Thank you for this post. The poem is beautiful, the image of offering dreams, of threading on them carefully. Yes our children do offer us carpets of dreams and so much more! They give us so so much and we should be careful indeed. Thank you.

Yoli said...

I agree and I am always delighted to come here and be regaled with images and words that are so moving.

Fei An said...

I was meant to thank you for the talk link from the previous post. Then I truly appreciate this post of yours. You always bring my thinking to another level. Thanks for the guiding, dear Alliot! Oh ,yes, let them grow in organic process, and create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish ...

Yanyan said...

Can't agree more and the poem is so beautiful. When i look at those pictures, I tried to picture Iza picking the fruits up and how wonderful children's curiosity is and it should be embraced! Reminds me an incident happened yesterday, we were at a park and Landon was so excited to see a snail next to the grass, one of his friend came to look at it together with Landon, and the little boy tried to touch the snail, and his grandma shouted: No! and kicked the snail to the grass. I guess she thought the snail is rather gross. I was so upset but I couldn't say it out loud at that moment due to respect to the elder. Landon looked at me with such confusion and it made me feel ever worse. Sorry so long comments. Your post and images are so inspiring :) Oh that poor snail, we went to search for it later, and it was alright, glad that grandma didn't step on it