Thursday, July 9, 2009

childhood memories

Working around children this month has me pondering on my own childhood memories.

We do not remember days; we remember moments.
 ~Cesare Pavese

I remember summers on the beach in Chile …. days spent building sandcastles and running to the waters edge to cool off throughout the day eating Popsicles sold by men carrying foam coolers strapped to their waists.

We would stay at the beach until dusk, when men carrying huge beautiful wicker baskets covered with clean white linen would stroll down the beach selling ‘pan de huevo’… warm and fresh out of the oven, these were heaven as the sea air gets chilly when the sun begins to set.

As we are around children a lot, during the summer- I hear their opinions and comments about life… I wish more people really knew that what matters the most to a child are the small things!

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams


Sheree Rensel said...

Claudia, I totally understand what you are saying here. Lucky for you, your childhood memories are fond and wonderful. It is kind of strange because as you know I work with emotionally disturbed students. Many of them have had very hard lives. I think the reason I have been successful with this population is because stuff happened to me when I was little that was traumatic and abusive. I understand these kids.

Even though some of the memories brought on through working with my kids are less than pleasant, I must say I do have many great memories of my art experiences in childhood. I suppose, this is why I take such great pleasure sharing my art expertise with these at-risk kids. I know art can be an escape and make you happy!

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