Here is an excerpt from Reynolds' wonderful book:
Ramon felt light and energized.
Thinking ish-ly allowed
his ideas to flow freely.
He began to draw what he felt--
Quickly springing out.
As I read those lines aloud to Luna at bedtime, I made a noticeable p a u s e.
We adults need to remember to think...to live...ish-ly. Sometimes, our flowers don't look like the flowers in the vases in front of us. Our flowers are not wrong. Our mistakes are our gifts. If we can open our eyes to the possibilities facing us, to those opportunities we hadn't yet considered, we can become the visionaries our students deserve.
We must also remember that Ramon was not able to see the gifts in front of him without support. He needed a guide (in the book, it is his younger sister...his fan) to help him see his work in a new light. My hope is that this is who I can be for my students. I know that, on our best of days, this is what they are to me.