Foothill Park
Waning Moon

Well, you were all there but I will just share a bit of my thoughts. WONDERFUL.  Such a sweet and kind day.  It was so very nice to have Andy, Jaspers Dad with us and Aleki’s Dad, Scott there. Jennifer, Paul’s Mom, I am so glad that you made it.  Paul is just such a great addition to the group.  I am so very thankful for all of you being so flexible and willing to be apart of the days events and time changes as well as so participatory.  Your generous gifts and inclusiveness to all of Tender Tracks staff is always so touching.  There are many of you that have been part of Tender Tracks for many years and through many different changes.  My heart was and is truly filled with joy and honor to have such great people, great parents choose to be apart of Tender Tracks.

I hope you can light the candles made on the longest night of the year and see them shine out of the hand made lanterns.
May the magick of stone, light, plants, and each other bless your days and nights until we see each other again.

Happy Days, Happy Nights……..

Roy’s Redwood
Waning Moon

Leo was not with us today. Lenny almost wasn’t but he made it and then we were ready to go on our adventure.
Mood of the day for each child:  Benny, was sweet, enthusiastic, alive and very up and open for playing, joyful and being present to the day.  Bodhi  started the day with wonderful happiness, hiding games, pure, beautiful child innocence, and magick.   Simone, like Bodi, has that innocent wide eyed openness to the magick of life along with her  reliable steadfast kindness, and willingness to push her physical comfort zones. Sidona was happier then I think I have ever seen her and very engaged with joy. Lenny was his energetic self yet with a bit of an edge today.  He was very interested in having the day just with Benny  yet showed great maturity with his ability to change some of his behavioral choices to include the group.  With all of that our days adventures began.

When we got to Roy’s Redwoods and began walking down the familiar path, we all looked up and saw the great hills in front of us.  I said, not really thinking much would come of it just placing the seed of other possibilites for the day, ” Shall we climb to the top of the mountain?” And they all said “YES!”  Benny and Lenny ran ahead to get up there straight away but Simone found another trail that she thought for sure would take us up to the top.  I really didn’t think it would but why not try and see?   So, I called the boys back, the group decided and off we went.  The trail got steep pretty quickly and Simone thought turning back would be a grand idea but there was no support for that idea. She was willing to carry on but, we did stop to eat lunch and then I told them the story of the day.  It was about a little girl who wound up giving all that she had down to just having her “birthday suite” on, to aid others who had hardships. She then wound up in the woods where she came upon wonderful little Gnomes that helped her and showed her the magickal stone treasures when you crack some of them open.
Lenny found a great leg bone that he was SURE was to a horse and he thought it would be great to bring home for his dogs so that they would stop chewing on his toys.  He carried it for quite a while but finally abandoned the endeavour.  As we walked we all came upon some great scat.  Bodhi, Simone, and Sidona were really into it and we found scat all along the path that we were pulling apart and sharing  ideas and notions of who lives in this area that might leave this scat and what were they eating and……
We countined to climb higher and higher and higher and it seems that Simone really DID find the path to the top of the Mountain.  However, our time clearly would not allow us all that was needed to get to the top so we had to make the decision to climb down.  Benny and Lenny had great sticks and wanted to run down.  The path was filled with pebbles and my knowing that potential for falling and getting hurt was a good possibility. So, thru some fun sharing about all of this they made their own decision that running with sticks might not work for them and being really mindful of HOW they ran might help them avoid tumbles.  Benny fell once though yet after that he figured out a brilliant way to avoid that again.  They each navigated so beautifully how to go down this steep, gravely path.  It was so fun and grand to see all of this happen. My heart soared with delight with the viewing of it all.

We found the place that we ate and heard the story.  They were playing with something so I said I needed to use the bushes.  Off I went but, what did I see behind the bushes but wonderful things in the grasses and a fleeting vision of something magickal running off.  I called the children quickly and what did they find but little toy Gnomes and a Geode for each of them to crack open and see if there really was something beautiful inside.  We ran down the rest of the trail to get to the Bus.  I then brought out the hammers and there they really worked at hammering open these stone gems.  Bodhi figured out that by hammering and hammering he made a hole in the ground. This helped hammer the geode more easily.  Only Lenny and a little bit Benny, were able to crack any part of their Geode open.  Those little characters were really HARD to crack open.  I helped and each one found their treasure.  We figured the Gnomes must have heard the story I told and left them presents just for each one.  This was so fun and a delightful holiday surprise and treat.  They played with those Gnomes all the way home.

I left out one part though, when we were sitting up high and looking out at the Mt.s in front of us there was much talk that we were looking at the North Pole.  Some one saw some metal shinning and thought that was snow.  There was great conversations about how that could not be the North Pole, oh yes it could, maybe it is really China and on and on.  Watching their minds put pieces of their memories and knowings together to try and figure this out was another delightful moment.

A wonder filled day.

Eleanor Pardee Park
Waxing Gibbous Moon

All were here and I was so happy to be back!  Circle time was sweet, still and receptive.  Although, singing was not what all but Gracey wanted to do, during the day I heard a lot of them singing some of the songs that I told them were needed for Thursdays celebration.  This is so common and since it is, I just keep singing.  When they got to circle each mat had either a hammer or a nut cracker on it.  They immediately went into  digging the Earth with either end of the hammer and they were clearly enjoying themselves GREATLY!!  So, singing really did take second fiddle to this.  For snack they received Cuties and uncracked walnuts .  Two weeks ago they really enjoyed trying to crack the nuts open so now they got to really work for their snack!  Some needed a little help and most were having quite the time with their hammer or nutcracker.

The story brought them into thoughts of Gnomes and cracking open magickal rocks, carrying lanterns into forests and helping folks in need out.  All thoughts to lay a foundation for Thursdays day.  However, most is a surprise so I will say no more for now!

After snack  we shared with them how to make their lanterns, take the hammers that they have and with nail in hand, hammer little holes in the can so the shining light will come out.   We had three “stations” as they are typically called, for the children to participate in.  One was for the hammering, the second was for making cordage for their cans handles and thirdly, sorting all of the wood that we have gathered so far.   There were different size baskets and containers for different sized sticks and fire starter material.

Throughout the morning they were all quite busy with one thing or the other.  Anjalie REALLY got into making the cordage more then any one.  Aleki REALLY liked sorting the wood, Jasper loved hammering the cans and the rest were at an even flow between all.

We spent time throughout the day moving the cans from sunny spot to sunny spot to help the ice melt after the holes were put in them.  How come the Sun keeps moving and the shade takes it’s place?    It was very nice to be in one spot and truly see the Sun move across the sky.  Something we don’t get to see so clearly each day.  And, as all of these activities were going on there were other games to be had.  I am seeing  Jasper  enjoying peaceful time alone several times.  And I can see Anajale focused on the cordage, Gracey, Kashi and Paul playing this game and that together with much negotiations.   ALeki, Lucy, Bodi, and Giulio being some sort of bad guy type and enjoying chasing and capturing others.  Paul, Grace and Kashi were negotiating around that at times.  After a while ALL the children accept Lucy, who was with Audrey, went to the big field because they were “on base.” There they all sat in a row staying right there while Bodi had a very large Palm Frond that he was carting about trying to scoop everyone up.  It was a very pretty sight seeing all the children lined up so neatly on their base and Bodi delighted with his excessively large apparatus used for some sort of capture.

After all of these experiences of the morning it was time to eat lunch.    Since we never undid the circle everyone sat down there, and some sat right in the middle where the three little Gnomes and beautiful rocks for circle were placed.

Then there was clean up, getting the ice out of the cans, many cooperative games and gatherings had and then, time to take them on a little adventure to the Tree down the road where I met a Gnome.  The children were offered a bag to pick out one colorful stone that they could give to the Tree when we got there.  On the walk down the road there were wonders of mushrooms and plants to see and enjoy.  There were Metal Monsters to stay clear of and Concrete Rivers to cross.  Then there were bushes to look under and all around to see if there were any Gnome door ways and then to meet My Tree.  From that point they went and explored many things and then the walk back was more fun explorations.   The gifts for the Tree were kept by many as they really wanted to give it to some of their trees at their house.  How wonderful was that!  A fine day back.