A Year In Mill Valley

The Age of Innocence

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Sebastian goes to a lovely pre-school called Morningsong here in Mill Valley. It is a Waldorf-inspired school, run by a magical lady named Linda and her lovely assistant Teya.

One of the primary themes running through every Waldorf school is the idea that the children should be (need to be, want to be) in tune with the rhythms of the earth and seasons…and today was their May festival, complete with headdresses, flower petals, music, redwood trees, and a maypole.

I’d missed last year’s May festival, and Rachel made sure that I understood how important it was to come to this year’s. I left work at 11 and made it to the grove right at 11:30. When I got there the children were seated on two opposing benches, and Rachel and Linda and Teya were putting wreaths on their heads. Everyone had brought potluck for lunch, and a wonderful array of dishes were lined up on one of the tables behind the children.

It was hot, well into the high 80’s, but luckily Linda had been able to move the location from Boyle Park (which has very little shade) to a beautiful redwood grove at the end of Montford Ave.

While we waited for the last children to arrive, I took pictures as Miss Linda (as Sebastian calls her) led them in a song. And as I watched their open faces, their rounded mouths, and listened to their high lilting voices, I imagined for a moment that I was seeing a set of tiny angels, sun pouring down on their heads, kicking their legs in the dirt beneath the bench.

Instead of describing what happened next, I’ll let the music and photos carry you there.


1) To any of the other Morningsong parents watching the movie…I’m sorry I didn’t get photos of all the children, I was really focusing on Sebastian. And some day maybe I’ll figure out how to do a better sound track. In spite of these shortcomings I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed making it.

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  1. Juliet Neal-Boyd May 17th, 2008 12:17 pm

    How incredibly wonderful this is!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing – it is lovely!

    XO Julie

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