WOW-Day Fairy Tale of the Month - June 2020
The Boy Who Was Desperate to Fly
Colombian Stage Play
The story was written with the children of the CES Waldorf theatre group (children between 5 and 6 years). Photos of the social project CES Waldorf.
On a beautiful morning with bright blue skies, birds flew through the air, making formations. Jaimito left his house to look at the mountains, and when he saw the birds, he wanted to be able to fly like the birds. It would be wonderful to touch the clouds with my hand, he thought. Mr. and Mrs. Duck, who heard Jaimito's wish, laughed at him: "You'll never be able to fly like a bird," said the drake. "Only we birds can fly," said Mrs. Duck.
Jaimito returned home very sadly, and when his grandfather saw him, he asked: "What's the matter with you my little one, why are you so sad?" "I wish I could fly like birds and make shapes in the sky." His grandfather stroked his head and said, "If you wish for it with a light heart, it will surely come true."
That night, Jaimito lay in his bed and wished with all his might that his wish would come true. The next morning the sun was shining, and the birds were flying through the sky, and a good witch came by, who liked to fulfill the wishes of children, and said: "I am a witch of innocent kindness. I'm looking for a child who wants something with all of his heart; do you know one?" - The audience told her about a boy with a noble heart, who went by the name of Jaimito. “Then I'll go find him," said the witch.
Jaimito had gone into the mountains like every day to see the birds fly - he wanted so badly to be able to fly like them. And again Mr. and Mrs. Duck laughed at him and reassured him that he would never be able to do that.
Then suddenly the witch appeared "Hello I'm looking for Jaimito to grant him a wish from heaven," she said. - Jaimito introduced himself and told her that he wished he could fly through the sky like the birds. The witch looked at him and said to him: "With the help of nature's power and the powers of the heart, I grant your wish to be able to fly through the sky". Suddenly Jaimito began to rise into the sky until he reached the height of the birds. Then he began to fly shapes into the clouds. The duck and the drake gazed at him, their mouths wide open in amazement, and the grandfather saw Jaimito from afar and said: "This is my grandson, my grandson flies". The good witch summoned all the beings of nature and also Jaimito's grandfather and reminded them all: "If you really wish for something with your heart, all dreams can come true".
The play comes from the CES Waldorf, Bogotá, Colombia. The history of CES Waldorf dates back to 1997 when a group of social workers together with Helmut von Loebell, an industrial manager who has been living in Colombia since 1956 and is co-founder of other social projects in Bogotá like the SOS Children´s Village Colombia, avoided the eviction of the dwellings of 36 refugee families and achieved their peaceful relocation to the Sierra Morena neighbourhood in Ciudad Bolívar. In Sierra Morena the social workers familiarised the relocated families with the general requirements of an organised community life and helped the children with their academic processes. Inspired by Waldorf education, CES Waldorf offers a unique educational and social program. Through arts, culture as well as medical and psychological assistance, it offers children, adolescents and their parents the opportunity to cope with their difficult living conditions, characterised by extreme poverty, drug abuse and violence, and to fulfil their wish for a dignified life. Despite the donations of several public and private organisations from Europe and Colombia, raising new funds for the operating and maintenance costs remains a daily challenge. >> learn more about CES Waldorf
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The collection of fairy tales and poems from all over the world was created as part of the single-day campaign Waldorf-One-World-Day, WOW-Day for short. On this day, children and young people are directly and actively committed to a better world. Besides, they organize a multiplicity of special donation actions, that connect humans on all continents with one another. The proceeds are used to support children with school time, a protective community or a warm meal. >> learn more about the WOW-Day