10 March 2008

Meme O' the Moment: Hope (Passion Quilt)

I've been tagged by the Repairman for the meme o' the moment: Passion Quilt.

THE RULES:

Post a picture or make/take/create your own that captures what YOU are most passionate for kids to learn about.

Give your picture a short title.

Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt.”

Link back to this blog entry.

Include links to 5 (or more) folks in your professional learning network.

So without further ado, here is my picture:


This is Hope, by Gustav Klimt. I thought about "wonder" as the theme for my patch on the quilt, because I find that to be the underlying passion for science. But Hope is there, too, in every answer we seek and every problem we solve. More than that, Hope is what sustains us through our trials and dances with us in our tribulations. I see so many children each day who are living in poverty or dealing with other significant issues. And still others who are losing hope. We have to give them the tools to make their own dreams come true. We need them to keep that small flame of hope going.

Hope can also be playful and full of whimsy. It can dazzle us with promise. The Cigarette Girl charged us to "Start from hope. Live dangerously." It is a motto that I often use---a reminder that every day brings new opportunities and life is meant to be experienced. Whether you ascribe to Annie's schmaltzy "Tomorrow" or Scarlett O'Hara's petulant observation that "Tomorrow is another day." you can't deny that we are always afforded second chances. No one can take away your hope (although some pathetic souls will no doubt try).

Regardless of where you are in your own life, hope reminds us that there is always more. Even if the past is staring over your shoulder as it is with the woman in the painting, hope grows within. It is abundant in nature and is the precious container of our future. Put flowers in your hair and stare life in the face. Be alive with hope.

I'm not going to tag anyone in particular for this meme---but if you would like to play along, leave a note in the comments so I can see what you've added to the quilt.

3 comments:

Hugh O'Donnell said...

Very nice. You're a philosopher, SG. And that's a compliment, not a smart-ass remark. :)

Between you and Frumteacher, I'm getting an expanded and augmented liberal arts education.

The Science Goddess said...

Hey, smart ass remarks are welcome here, too!

This was a fun meme. Thanks for passing it along.

saintseester said...

I am creating an online "virtual" quilt from these blocks. Hugh pointed me to yours.
http://saintseestersays.saintseester.com/2008/PassionQuilt/passion.html