Monday, June 28, 2010
Angel of Mine, Watch Over Me...
An angel in K's room
"The realization that we as human beings continue the work of the angels, the archangels, and even higher spiritual beings can fill us with awe and inspire a feeling of gratitude." WECAN - The World of the Young Child
You may have heard of the importance of angels in Waldorf philosophy. This is one of the things I instantly fell in love with. There are many different rolls and aspects of angels in a child's life. In Rahima Baldwin Dancy's lectures you will often hear her refer to your child's angel "Also, try taking your question into your sleep: make a mental picture of your daughter as you see and love her, and then give over this situation to her angel, asking for inspiration".
It is believed that children see angels and sense otherworldly presences until about the age of seven, and that we all have our own angel. K has really taken this to heart. She seemed to already know about angels before I started telling her about them (a couple of years ago after my dear friend lost her husband in a car accident). I can still remember a day in November when she saw C sleeping in my lap and she said that I must be her guardian angel watching over her.
It seems that at least one conversation a day is centered around angels in one way or another. Sometimes it's about her specific angel, or maybe C's angel and other times it's just about angels in general. Some days she even likes to dress up like an angel and play her lyre. Oh yes, my sweet little K has a love of angels.
Angel shelf in K's room
It seemed only fitting to have angels in K's room (and pretty much everywhere else in our house), and wouldn't you know that her two bedtime songs she requests are angel ones! She has both of the songs memorized now. Both are from Mary Thienes-Schunemann, and are as follows:
Angel of mine, watch over me
Guide my work, to the good deed
May I be one who will work with my hands
Angel of mine, watch over me.
All night, all day, angels watching over me, my Lord
All night, all day, angels watching over me
When at night I go to sleep, angels watching over me, my Lord
Pray the Lord my soul to keep, angels watching over me.
Angel beeswax impression in our living room
The absolute best moment of each day comes at night when K sings these two songs to C before bed. The sweetness and sincerity in her eyes and her voice as she sings would melt any one's heart.
Oh yes, my K deeply believes in angels, and I am so blessed to have her in my life to teach me to believe as well.