Friday, May 8th 2015
Imagine my delight at discovering *I* was ClaraJane’s chosen recipient of her invitation to Spring Tea at School.
With all her Daddy does for her I’m not sure I’m worthy, but who am I to decline?
In fact, when I delivered the rest of the home-made Snicker Doodle Cookies and lemon cake frosting from Paul’s loving efforts, Ms. Mayya took them gratefully, remarking; “Jenny, how on earth did you ever find such a wonderful husband?” (He had also come to school yesterday to guide all the children through the baking preparations. His 6’9″ frame bent over them sitting at a 16 inch tall table no less… no photos!)
First, it was Classroom 283’s turn to go to the office to perform morning announcements.
Then back to the classroom.
ClaraJane escorted me by hand to our personally set table, pulled out my chair and asked, “What would you like to drink?” A quick peruse of the menu and the choice was clear;
Students serve their guests first, then themselves.
After serving and seating herself, it was time to begin. First with a toast, then nibbling happy together.
We had coordinated our outfits and hair. One dad remarked, “You look like twins!” Then ClaraJane clarified to me; “But I have *cute* braids and you don’t.” Fair enough, although according to this report from a mom friend, Gavin may feel otherwise:
Next to our table was this charming little Montessori work containing samples of Water, Land and Air.
At the end of the tea we were presented with hand-decorated pots of planted spider plants for Mother’s Day (although anyone can be the child’s guest of honor; in addition to fathers I also saw a sibling, an uncle, and a school administrator).
With that we were thanked for coming, and we applauded the children.
Here is Ms. Mayya’s Review:
The toughest part? Leaving, chiefly in the face of your child’s sweet pleas to NOT leave, please! But ClaraJane was a “graceful and proud host,” and did relent without too much of a fuss, and let me (leave so I could come back again soon to retrieve her).
And now you know about Spring Tea, Tobin Montessori Style.
Thank you ClaraJane!