On November 13th, we celebrated Martinmas with story told by Sherry Lovett and a cold but lovely lantern walk. Opal's parents, Jona and Gretchen had hosted us for the evening. We were treated by a warm campfire and hot apple cider pressed from their own apple trees. The temperature dropped into low 30s or maybe even in high 20s. After the story we lit our handmade lanterns and sang songs. Vera wanted to sing all the songs we sing at preschool. Cosmo requested "This Little Light of Mine". We walked around their neighborhood singing "I Go with My Little Lantern", "Red and Yellow, Green and Blue", "Saint Martin" and "Glimmer Lantern, Glimmer". I think it was parents that wanted to turn around and go back because they were getting cold (maybe not dressed quite right for the weather). I stood by the wood stove and rotated my body and felt grateful for the warmth it provided. Thank you for the delicious soup everyone! Thank you Jona and Gretchen for being such gracious hosts. Saint Martin song.
St. Martin, St. Martin, St. Martin rode out in the night.
His cape was warm, his heart was light.
St. Martin, St. Martin, St. Martin saw a beggar man there in the snow with little on.
"Oh, help me please or I must freeze, Oh help me please or I must freeze"
St. Martin, St. Martin, St. Martin sprang down from his horse.
His halved his cape with his great sword.
St. Martin rode off in the storm, the beggar man was safe and warm.