Monday, March 23rd 2015
With the newfound urgency and commitment to getting into nature, I nab my kids from school on Monday and drive them all of three miles to the nearest Audobon Sanctuary in Belmont, MA, aptly named “Habitat“). Within seconds, Gavin is off-roading right next to the parking lot.
The kids immediately make a game of finding and pondering *holes* (in trees, in the snow, in the ground). Naturally some need to be poked with a stick.
ClaraJane in fact made many holes in the ground with a stick, “for mouses.” As in, “Brother! Don’t step on my mouse hole!”
But he was too busy playing with ice shaped like a knife;
And challenging himself to heave the biggest hunk of ice he might;
This gives her time to talk (and me to listen). Here she is telling me about the Mouse and the Gruffalo, which I include here because she will only be 3 years old for 0.2 more seconds:
Then glory be; A pile of sticks. “Let’s BUILD something!”
And so we do. Like a tee-pee or something, which they immediately get inside.
I joked they look like they’re on “Time-Out.”
“Yeah it’s like a *jail!*” they agree with delight.
Funny we head into the outdoors and build ourselves a confining structure.
I don’t know what it means.
But it sure was lovely to get out there.
We’ll be back soon.