It is finally feeling like autumn here- my son was insistent on wearing his winter hat today (a brisk upper 50s). October feels like a good month to pause and take a breath. September was busy with new school, new friends and lots of family birthdays. Little Acorn was busy at various events, which meant time away from my sweet family.
October is that sweet pause before the madness of the holiday rush begins. True, some retailers already have ornaments and decor out, but for the most part, everyone is embracing pumpkins, the changing leaves, the crisp air, apple picking, and relishing the time spent outside. We know that the daylight ends a little bit earlier each night, so we soak up the air and allow it to fill our lungs. I love Spring, and many people associate it with rebirth, but for me, it is all about Autumn.
Here is the truth. I crave the simplicity of Autumn. The sheer beauty. The realization that beauty is fleeting and that the leaves will change and turn brown and then you have to deal with them. I appreciate that we are given this gift- it is almost as if nature is reminding us that our time here is short, and that we need to live it and experience it and let it wash over us. I loved our little walk in our backyard today noticing all of the changes- the garden boxes look bare, except for one lone pink dahlia bloom. There were some leaves in the yard, and hearing my son's awe and admiration for each leaf- watching him crouch down and inspect and smell and then try to pick up every.single.leaf! His hands were overflowing and he asked for help carrying his treasures. He collected acorns and sweetgum ball seeds "to help the squirrels mama" and placed the leaves in piles. I marveled watching him sort the leaves into categories. Most of all, I was grateful for the gift of today and time spent with him. Seasonal allergies affect his little chest so he had a day off from school. My "to do" list is longer than I would like to admit, but the whole point of me stepping out of the classroom was so that I could be there with him and focus on our family and building and growing this business.
I have big dreams for Little Acorn, but I need your help! I would love to find a place to hold classes for children and parents, to be a resource to the community, to have "in stock" items like all of those sweet pitchers and little cheese spreaders and children's aprons/napkins/placemats. I want to be able to serve families and help them refocus on their family by simplifying and creating order and routine. October is a month of quiet preparation- I am immersing myself in the business side of things and learning all sorts of new things about social media and the nuts and bolts of running a business. This business isn't about making money for me- that is not what life is about. For me, the point of Little Acorn is all about connections- connecting to your child in another way, connecting and empowering their independence, their dignity, their grace. Learning something from your child and being present to witness everyday miracles.
If you are interested in more about Montessori philosophy and making it more a part of your family, please contact me and we can work together. Allowing a stranger to come into your home and make suggestions can be intimidating, and I appreciate the trust that you have in me and in our partnership together. Each time I meet a new child and family, I marvel at our stories. Family matters. It is what drives me to do this work- for my family and in service of yours. I look forward to working with you.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.