Slice #27: Observing Beauty

Winter Kaleidoscope

Dear Students,

Today I write to thank you for bringing beauty into my life.

You may have experienced gingerly raising a kaleidoscope to your eye with eager anticipation of the beauty that would be revealed with each slight turn. Fascination held you in its grip as you tirelessly tested the infinite delicate patterns of color bursts – wondering if the next rotation would create a pattern of even greater beauty.

Kaleidoscope literally means “observer of beautiful forms” reigning from Greek roots kalos meaning “beautiful” and eidos meaning “shape” plus skopein “to examine, or look at”.  While looking at objects at the end of two mirrors, Scottish scientist, David Brewster (1781-1868) , discovered that patterns and colors were altered and refashioned into beautiful new designs and thus the world was gifted with kaleidoscopes in 1816.

And so I am reminded of you all. No matter the twists and turns middle school presents, you never stop refashioning these challenges into beautiful new designs. And I, have been fortunate enough to be the observer of these beautiful forms.

My hope is that you recognize you are the creators of such beauty and continue to refashion yourselves into confident, caring young adults. I hope the following for you…

I hope you believe your voice is important and valued and should be shared with the world, as the world needs multiple voices to effect change.

I hope you understand that mistakes are necessary in shaping who you are and who you want to become.

I hope you value all, understanding community helps create greatness.

I hope you see the beauty in yourself and allow this beauty to help you persevere through and rise above life’s challenges.

I hope you develop the confidence to share with the world who you are and what you believe in – to share the beauty I have observed within them.

Thank you for your support, compassion, and learning alongside me. For you I am grateful. It has been a kaleidoscopic year.

Much love,

Mrs. P 🙂