. . . posts on faith and life
Today Eloise, Lillian, and I had a very special treat. Our friend Pipi, and her three girls, Emma, Josephina, and Mathilda, invited us to have lunch and to go to Emma’s preschool for an Easter Market. We had such a great time. We met Pipi last summer at the playground. She and her family are Czech, but spent 18 years in Austria. She speaks German to her children. I had fun practicing my toddler german abilities with her little girls, who giggled at my efforts.
Emma’s preschool is very interesting and seems to be a very special place for little children. Pipi describes it as being kind of “hippy”. They focus on the child’s creativity and freedom within certain boundaries. It is based on a german early childhood theorist whose name now escapes me. Unlike other czech state funded preschools the classes are smaller than 20 students to one teacher and they include some christian education along the lines of the christian calendar. I noticed Christian material on one of the shelves. We make have to check it out for Eloise in a couple of years! It felt so great to be a part of their community for a few hours.
In the picture you can see Emma (standing in front of Pipi) holding sticks that have been intertwined together. At the top are ribbons or colorful streamers. This is called a Pomlaska. It is a traditional Czech Easter item. The purpose? Boys use the pomlaska to hit girls who are in turn supposed to give eggs to the boys.
Don’t worry, Pipi says that it is perfectly acceptable for me to use it to hit Jon and ask for whatever I want. We bought one and brought it home.