baking bread

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Fiona and I are taking a Parent & Child Class at the Waldorf School. Each morning, the teacher, parents and chldren all work together to bake bread and cut up fruit salad. I want to bring some of these traditions home with us, so yesterday, we made bread! Bread is on the long list of things I haven't made yet. I am not very experienced in the kitchen!

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Fiona stood in her Learning Tower and helped (also blogged about here)! Here are our funny little baguettes:

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Another part of the ritual in class is, before eating, the teacher leads us in a short blessing:

Blessing on the blossom,
Blessing on the root,
Blessing on the leaf and stem,
Blessing on the fruit.

Another meal blessing that I found in my Waldorf Education book goes like this:

Mother Earth, Mother Earth,
Take thy seed and give it birth,
Father Sun, gleam and glow,
Until the root begins to grow,
Sister Rain, sister Rain,
Shed thy tear to swell thy grain.

I've always loved the idea of rituals, but growing up in a very non-religious home (Athiest, actually...), I've never really found a set of rituals that I connected to personally. So, when I discovered Waldorf Education and the way it incorporates rituals into every day in a way that made sense to me, I was attracted to it immediately. Celebrating the regular rhythm of life--the seasons, food preparation, the family meal, household chores and birthdays--in a way that connects us to eachother, nature and the greater world is something that I have welcomed enthusiastically into my home. It hasn't become second nature at all to me yet, but I hope that over time my family can incorporate some of these traditions and celebrations into our lives in a meaningful way that makes us stop and think about how lucky we are to be here. L'Chaim!

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The bread actually turned out quite well. Good enough to eat!