I was looking for something else entirely and found this description of what the University offers written by Brian Doyle: “creativity and innovation and epiphany and camaraderie and discovery and enlightenment and laughter and love, and of those things there is no end.” I was smitten with his words, loved the overflowing list, the way his prose always tips over into prayer.
About the same time I was thinking about our homeschool days together based on a framework created by Melissa Wiley. Many moons ago, she began reviewing her days with her children by asking if their days had included
- good books
- imaginative play
- encounters with beauty
- ideas to ponder + discuss
- meaningful work
To create our Rule of Six, I used most of Brian Doyle’s list and added some poems because our days always include poems.
Creativity from Mary Oliver’s “Sometimes”
Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it.
Epiphany from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “God’s Grandeur”
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
Camaraderie from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding”
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Discovery from Wendell Berry’s “The Country of Marriage”
We are more together
than we know, how else could we keep on discovering
we are more together than we thought?
Enlightenment from Steve Kowit’s “Notice”
kiss the earth & be joyful,
& make much of your time,
& be kindly to everyone,
Laughter and Love from Gregory Orr’s “Father’s Song”
Round and round: bow and kiss.
I try to teach her caution;
she tries to teach me risk.