May 2016

From the Dragons’ Dengreen_dragon_s-150x150

I wonder what you remember about early days at school or nursery, and whether what you remember, what you saw, has affected you as an adult.  Certainly, we store memories from early childhood which we may forget until something stirs, perhaps when we see something that jogs a hidden memory from the past.

Recently I came across a poem by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan (see part of which below) which tells of what a child learned through unthinking observation.  It reminded me of how our actions, our facial expressions, the little things we do and say, affect young children.  My hope is that what we do and how we behave at Little Dragons will have a positive effect on the children who pass through our doors.

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When you thought I wasn’t looking, you gave me a sticker, and I knew that    
little things were special things.

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When you thought I wasn’t looking, you smiled, and it made me want to look that pretty too.
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When you thought I wasn’t looking, you cared, and I wanted to be everything I could be.
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When you thought I wasn’t looking–I looked…and wanted to say thanks for all those things you did when you thought I wasn’t looking.

 As we will never be able to thank in person the people who taught us through their kindness and kindly actions a good way to live then I hope that, although we may never receive acknowledgment, our best actions will be observed and absorbed by the little ones in our care.

After almost ten years of Little Dragons, we know how lucky we have been to be well supported by our Little Dragons, their Carers and by the many members of St. George’s who have encouraged us to continue, perhaps when life has been a little tricky for some of us.

Thank you for your care. You see, when you thought we weren’t looking – we were!                                                                                   Val Butterworth