Some of our families this summer are trying out some new ways to have UU at home with them through Soulmatters' Soulful Home program. This month I'd like to share an activity for everyone to embark on - blessings beloveds,
Ebee Bromley, Director of Religious Education & Music
From Teresa and Alexis, Soul Matters Family Ministry Midwives
A “Beautiful” Neighborhood Acrostic Search Around the Neighborhood activities engage families with their surroundings through the lens of the theme. It’s about perceiving your well-known world in new ways Take our monthly treasure hunt list with you on your trips to the grocery, walks around the neighborhood or bike rides, and transform your everyday travel into a family adventure. We know that beauty is a highly subjective concept. In other words, what each of us is going to find beautiful is going to be different. For this search, make your own acrostic, using the letters of the word Beautiful. Feel free to use our example, but part of the fun might be having the discussion as a family about what object or concepts of beauty in your own neighborhood will be the subject of your search this month.
B -- birdsong (Not all birdsongs will be beautiful to all ears. Try to reach agreement on this one!)
E -- equipment that helps people live their lives (a beautiful cane? beautiful pair of glasses? a beautifully designed elevator?)
A -- an arrangement (of flowers? of shapes in a pattern? book spines on a shelf?)
U -- understanding (a beautiful exchange between two people)
T -- a tart (food can be really pretty!)
I -- ink (art? handwriting? tattoos?)
F -- fungi (mushrooms are one example)
U-- unicorn (You might find a literal unicorn in your neighborhood, but a “unicorn” is also something that is highly desirable, but hard to find or hard to get.)
L -- lyrics to a song you all love (You don’t have to happen upon these spontaneously for this item to count; you can cue up a favorite song and delight in the words together in your own home, car, or blasting from your balcony while you sing along!)
As you move about your neighborhood in search of beauty, be open to all ideas. Ask your child what is beautiful about their findings so that in naming the specific, they are more fully articulating to themselves what is special, good, worthy, and life-affirming--beautiful--in our shared world.