Waldorf Verses for Morning Tea
I have been singing (and singing!) during my work with young children for many, many years. In Waldorf settings, we sing or say a blessing before meals. I like this idea, even though it was not something I was brought up with at all.
I have seen this singing moment transform a busy mealtime into a time for everyone to really relax and enjoy the food and company. I also like that it provides a moment for a ‘breath’, that time whilst we wait for everyone to get ready and settled. We can all catch up with one another again. This is good stuff in our busy world.
I have sung all the ‘standard’ songs, the Waldorf verses for morning tea that are often seen in Waldorf kindergartens around the world, and more, and even though many of them are beautiful, quite frankly, I am tired of them.
When I was about to begin my Moondew Playgroup back in 2009, I wanted to breathe new life into the times I was to share with these families. One day, as I was driving in my car, a lovely tune came to me and I had it.
“My little apple tree, Thank you
My big banana tree, Thank you
For the special gift of fruit so sweet,
We fill our bellies, what a treat, Thank you.”
The youtube video of me singing this song is here:
We almost always had (and still have) apples and bananas on our fruit plates so I felt this was fitting and yet, still representative of all fruit that might come to grace our morning tea plates on a certain day. But you need to pay attention to your locality and region to find your truth.