while many kids of my era ate glue, paste, chalk, and crayons
i was busy with my own unusual eating habits
because we played outside for hours and hours
in the fields and open spaces of our neighborhood
most every day
i supplemented by ‘indoor diet’
with my own outdoor natural food diet
often consisting of:
pulp from a freshly fallen tree stump
rich, black, loamy soil
and baby ants.
not sure why i was drawn to each of these things
or why or how i stayed healthy
must have been all of the snow i ate in the winter months
but i’ve learned not to eat baby ants
and i’ve since moved on to chocolate, pasta, and flamin’ hot cheetos
apparently i was one of the original clean eaters
quite by accident.
“eat food. not too much. mostly plants.”
-michael pollan -‘in defense of food: an eater’s manifesto’
kinders find tiny ants, roly-poly’s, and baby spiders
when playing on the sidewalk
and decide to create a playground for them
using all of their pretty chalks.
“everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
to do list – style a:
play with the ponies 1.
pack the cars. 2.
go to bed 3.
get in the car to go on vacation 4.
do fun things 5.
a major contrast in approaches
both with the same desired outcome
each with their own
style of list
way of getting ready
to go on a trip.
to do list – style b:
‘go around and around in a twisty circle and get some stuff done
and not some other stuff and then hide for a while
and eat something you find outside
and then get in the car to go on vacation and do fun things.’
(i am more of a ‘b-list style’ of organizer. what about you – a or b?)
“the process and organization leading up to cooking the egg
can tell you a lot about the cook.”
out walking with the kinders
i come up behind
an unlikely pair
who generally aren’t together,
one who is learning to cope
with separating from a twin,
the other who is having a hard time coping
with separating from a best friend.
the only real separation
is that the friend/twin in each case
wants to seek out other friends
and expand their horizons.
one says to the other,
“i know she wants to play with other people
and when she needs to do that,
i just let her go.
i know it’s what she has to do
and then she comes back later.”
the other responds,
“wow. how do you do that?”
“it’s just what you do.”
i am amazed by
this four year-old’s insight and advice,
as many adults
still have not mastered this understanding.
the only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
it is never of any use to oneself.
– oscar wilde
image credit: google images
what do you think, little f,
should we have another baby one day ?
because of the roller coaster.
the roller coaster.
because then you’d have 3
and someone would always
have to sit alone.
yes, i see now.
life is a roller coaster; you can either scream every time you hit a bump
or you can throw your hands up in the air and enjoy!
– author unknown
image credit: the coaster critic.com
as our year together
comes to an end
an oval rug
the great outdoors
the community around us
we venture into new territory
making the leap
across snake rock
and not so scary
with big kids
to lead the way
they grow into
their next adventure
with little fear
with great excitement
just a few tears.
“ listen to the mustn’ts, child,
listen to the don’ts.
listen to the shouldn’ts.
the impossibles, the won’ts.
listen to the never haves.
then listen close to me—
anything can happen, child,
anything can be.”
– shel silverstein
community helpers wear many hats.