Nobel Prize Laureate Gabriel Garcia Maérquez
Making Children Sensitive to the Beauties of the World
Nobel Prize Laureate García Márquez, an early Montessori child in Colombia, died on April 17. In 2002, he published his autobiography Vivir Para Contarla. It deals with the years from his childhood—he was born in 1927—until the 1950s. The book includes a short passage on his time in a Montessori school.
From Living to Tell the Tale, Chapter 2 The consolation was that during this time the Montessori school had opened in Cataca, and its teachers stimulated the five senses by means of practical exercises, and taught singing. With the talent and beauty of the director, Rosa Elena Fergusson, studying was something
as marvellous as the joy of being alive. I learned to appreciate my sense of smell, whose power of nostalgic evocation is overwhelming. And taste, which I refined to the point where I have had drinks that taste of window, old bread that tastes of trunk, infusions that taste of Mass. In theory it is difficult to comprehend subjective pleasures, but those who have experienced them will understand right away. I do not believe there is a method better than the Montessorian for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.