May 15, 2019
Ruby was absent and Tiana substituted for her.
The day was FULL ON RAIN throughout the entire day until the very end. We brought the fine canopy, buckets for sitting on and playing with, the fire material, pot for popcorn and all that was needed to make the day a fine day in the midst of on going rain. The children, as usual, NEVER skipped a beat. They just carried on with their absolute presence/ in the moment and with playful creativity. Truly, they are all remarkable. Truly, truly, they simply do not make much of a fuss no matter the weather or where we go or are. Therefore, the day was simply, fun!.
They happily took their buckets when we got there and we brought them over to where we were going to set up the canopy. Then they all helped bring things over. Tiana and I brought the canopy over and we all did our part to put it up. I set up the fire in order to light it and then they all circled around as I told them the story about How Coyote and Rabbit made the First Fire, and, why we sing the song we do to help the fire go.
The materials were all so dry that all we needed was one match to light it and get it going. It is always so fun to see if indeed, a one match fire can be made and is a great challenge to do during all four seasons of the year.
We got everything ready to put the popcorn pot on the grate but first, they all helped crank the popcorn pot with it’s handle. We then all listened ever so quietly for the first pop. There was smoke to contend with and, they are gaining more and more skill with this each time we have built fires. And then, it happened! The first pop, then the second, third and on it went. The best popcorn EVER was made on this day and it was eaten up by all!!
After this there was much exploration of finding newts, banana slugs, eating lunch and then, it was actually time to pack up! Truly the day FLEW by. All of us working together and oh yes, we all went down to the creek and explored there as well as had our potty breaks.
Our thank you’s for the day were filled with grand love and then Tiana told a great story coming back home.