There is a tradition in Waldorf school of giving each child a birthday verse — something written or chosen for them each year that speaks to where they are in their development. When Orlando attended a part-time Waldorf school two years ago, his teacher gave one to each child. On the day of the week they were born (or close to it, in the case of weekends, etc.), the child would recite their verse, and over the course of the year, come to have learned it by heart.
When we started our school this September, I found a verse for each child, after sifting through some I found online. Rom and I read them over, and talked about them, wanting to find one that felt just right for each child. Mica says his verse on Wednesday, and Orlando says his on Monday (he was born on Saturday).
Hard was the path
that led to peak,
Yet I did strive
and reached for the sky.
Now I can see
that the treasures I seek
will be forged in my soul
by each mountain I climb.
Lightly and merrily dances the breeze
flecking the waves with white;
Blowing and billowing over the seas,
frolicking day and night.
But when their strength is needed,
the winds can lend their force,
To drive ships swiftly o’er the waves
upon their chosen course.
Some of our other verses:
Beginning of main lesson
Light be in my thought,
Love be in my heart,
Strength be in my will
To finish what I start.
On the loom of life,
Thoughts and words and deeds
Weave a tapestry.
End of main lesson
All my doing now has ended,
What I have learned may rest.
When I have done my best,
Wisdom, love, and strength may grow,
And I shall bless all those I know.
And two of our favorite meal blessings
Thank you, Earth, for this food
For rest and home and all things good
For wind and rain and sun above
And most of all for those we love.
Blessings on the blossom
Blessings on the fruit
Blessings on the leaf and stem
and blessings on the root.
…. we end both blessings with this:
May peace be in our hearts, our families, and on earth.