Going together to see the InLight celebration at Monroe Park seemed a logical choice for the Forest Room children who have been fascinated by the light studio in the basement of our school. We explore light in a variety of ways there with a light table, disco ball and overhead projector for shadow play. We were all very excited about this opportunity. I brought my family and could identify with the dynamics of noticing how cold it was, how dark and really difficult it was to see each other even as we stood elbow to elbow. There were lots of people there waiting and anticipating an evening exploring light.
We met on the steps of Sacred Heart Cathedral where people were invited to make lanterns to carry in a parade. There was loud drumming music and many people had already gathered by the time we arrived. It was very cold and our families huddled together as we waited for the parade to begin.
We filed into line with all of the shivering masses and were awed by some people wearing costumes that lit up, and others who swirled luminescent hoops in the air.
Luna: "I heard loud drumming music (covering her
ears) like this ( then patting her knees with her hands.)
I liked the colors on the walls. Some of them
were moving quickly and some moved slow!"
Fran and I wondered how our children and families felt about the evening. It was bitter cold and there were so many people. The drumming was loud and frightened some children in the darkness. It was interesting to me to see illuminated figures appearing among the crowd. Some buildings were lit up and children were exploring their shadows there. Sacred Heart Cathedral came alive as projected images of colored bubbles moved up its outer walls. It is interesting how those things that caused fearful reactions were the most celebrated in retrospect!
We would like to invite you to share your thoughts about our InLight excursion. What was your experience at InLight? What was your child's? Did this classroom trip change how you view our city of Richmond? Please comment and let us know.