We’ve made a new film. It’s a little bit different, this one is in support of an article written by our Lael, in the upcoming issue of Permaculture Magazine. She’s not yet twenty, homeschooled all her life, and she’s full of ideas.
I’m not quite sure what we were expecting, all those years ago when we decided to homeschool. We had no illusions that our children were prodigies, only that all children are brilliant and we knew we could protect, nurture, connect to ours. That we knew them and could support them to follow their interests, and through that lens see the whole of the world. It was a little bit like falling in love with someone, and still being together decades later, wondering how you knew what was so right, so clearly. I feel that way about deciding to apply to art school. I loved to draw, to think about ideas, but I had no idea just how much I would love all of it. I had only a slight inkling of what i was getting into, yet it was a true reflection. It was like this with the longing to grow a vegetable garden, to keep chickens, and led to all of this. The kernel, the seed held all the potential, and with some care and attention, and the privilege to give it, it was so much more than we ever imagined.
So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised when the young ones grow up and do wonderful things. Nevertheless we are delighted, and would like to share a little film we all made together to give a glimpse into the ideas that she writes about in her article on everyday resilience in the autumn issue.
We are all in anticipation for this issue on the subject of reimagining a better future. Not least because the co-originator of the Transition Movement, Rob Hopkins, whose ‘What If to What Next’ is foundational to this work, has a piece in there, and the entire issue looks to be exactly what we need right now.
Let us know what you think of her little film and, not long now, the new magazine. If following those inklings of desire for what could be can lead to this sort of wonder, it’s a practice we want to spend more time nurturing.