On Saturday, buoyed by absolutely pristine weather, we gathered in The Commons for our annual spring planting party. We planted carrot and radish seeds, trellised the peas, and spruced up the teepee with special fabric adornments. Several of our newer families added perennials to the garden beds and many of those who are graduating or moving on brought red flowering currents to plant along the back fence–I get warm, sentimental shivers thinking of that hedge of currents growing tall and strong, watching over each new cohort of young ones who will play in The Commons.
The real show stopper of our work on Saturday was, of course, the mixing and shoveling of the concrete to hold the four posts of our play house/outdoor classroom roof! For nearly the last three months an extensive play theme in The Commons has been mixing, shoveling and smoothing “concrete” (sand and water), so the vast majority of the preschoolers were primed and ready to partake in this work. It was truly a multi-generational, communal effort to get those four posts in the ground and each child present left a little special treasure or two pressed into the hardening concrete.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped out on Saturday! It is really exciting to have the first steps of our building project underway.