On Saturday, Grace participated in her very last assembly at the Waldorf school. As the school does not go further than 8th grade, the last assembly is a bit special for the 8th grade students. It's during this assembly that they participate in the rose ceremony and present something as a class. The eighth graders recited a speech by Thomas Banyacya Sr. (1910-1999). He was Speaker of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote clan and Elder of the Hopi Nation. The recitation was powerful and beautiful and I thought I would share his words.
The Ones We Have Been Waiting For
You have been telling the people,
That this is the eleventh hour.
Now, you must go and tell the people,
That THIS is the hour,
And there are things to be considered.
Where are you living? What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Where is your water?
Know your garden...
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
Do not look outside yourself for a leader.
There is a river flowing now very fast,
It is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid,
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
And will suffer greatly.
Understand that the river knows its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.
And I say; see who is in there with you,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!
At this time in history,
We are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves!
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to an end.
The time of the Lone Wolf is over!
Banish the word 'struggle' from your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done,
In a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are all about to go on a journey,
We are the ones we have been waiting for!