The sight of a child under a tree at school is a beautiful one, evoking feelings of innocence, curiosity, and the joy of learning. When a child chooses to sit under the cool shade of a tree instead of playing, there could be various reasons for their decision. Perhaps they are feeling unwell or simply do not enjoy sports. Alternatively, they may just not be in the mood to participate in physical activities at the moment. Regardless of the underlying cause, there is a certain beauty in the unhurried pace of this moment.
The gentle rustling of the leaves and the warm sunlight filtering through the branches made us remind of William Wordsworth’s poem "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," "Nature never did betray the heart that loved her." Indeed, the child under the tree could feel the love and peace that nature brings.
As Robert Frost said, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
Perhaps this child is taking the road less travelled by, choosing to sit under a tree. But in doing so, she might experience the beauty of the moment in a way.
-Jinali Mirani, The Northstar School