What a glorious day. Everyone was here today and there was more unity then ever. The boys played together beautifully. About a month or more ago Leo and Bodhi bonded and Lenny felt left out. Then Leo was gone and Lenny and Bodhi bonded. Now Leo is back from a few absences and the three of them all played with each other beautifully.
It is so wonderful to bring them back to the same place and hear them instantly recap past experiences, check things out to see if they are the same or different and discover new terrain. That is what happened, yet again today.
The day began with them instantly discovering the Cicada’s shells all over the Redwood tree’s right at the parking lot. They gathered and gathered these treasures and then we went to the picnic tables to eat and compare what each one found. They noticed many variations on each shell and looked at so many of them. It was also a delight to hear them get to the point of letting them go and being content to give them all back to the Earth so that other creatures and beings could utilize them.
They were having such a grand time in this area that, as was last week, I just couldn’t pull them away. Or at least not initially.
It was the right time to allow their bodies, hearts and minds to unfold into the embrace of the natural world and all that they were instinctively drawn too: playing in the water, climbing on rocks, checking out bugs and crawling creatures….
There came a time that it felt right enough to ask them to pack up so we could go on an excursion to see if we could find Cat Tail Pollen.
They actually packed up with great ease and off we went. When we walked past the controlled burn charcoal I picked up a bunch in order to make “pencils” for later. They helped me gather that. I didn’t have a place to put it other then carry it in my hand so Simone offered to put it in her outside pocket of her back pack. We came across the first batch of Cattails and looked at them from many angles but, no Pollen. We went further down and found more Cattails but, no pollen. Ah well, I guess they are just not ready yet, or maybe, past their prime! So off we went to the place I had wanted them to end up, the place near the first bridge.
Lenny was VERY excited about this because he, and the others acutally, remembered a game that we played there very, very early on in the year. It was being Tigers and Mt. Lions and chasing ME! The entire rest of the way there they did what five year olds do best, figure out who is going to be who. There was GREAT discussions and figurings about all of this. Bodhi was insistent about being his Tiger self, and some wanted to be Lions. I mentioned that I love Jaguars and Simone liked that a lot. They relegated me to being a Bob Cat and I said that was going to be hard. I would have no chance of safety as a Jaguar’s jaw could just munch me down instantly and the other cat’s would make short order of me as well. But, we could play Mt. Lion and Deer?! Ok, I did this ONLY to bring some awareness of the difference between each one of the cat’s that they wanted to be (I went into further playful detail of each one of these animals strengths and weaknesses). They continued on with all of this until we got there and what joy as they ran right up into their beloved Redwood, Fortress?
Many things happened and yet the game never actually panned out. However, many other things did. I started to make charcoal pencils which, by days end, most of them were drawing with. Simone and Bodhi spent a good deal of time building a road in the sand and they created a GREAT little rhyme song that they loved singing over and over and over again. Sidona, Lenny and Leo were very involved in choosing who was going to be whom until they got tired of that. Lenny discovered what sounded like a California newt in the water and then he and Leo made fishing poles where they attached some of their apples to them and sat their “fishing” for a long, very peaceful time. Wow, that was a wonder filled site!
Our walk back was blessed with a MAGNIFICENT bird that I spied. I wasn’t sure what it was due to it’s long neck. It had brown wings as long as an Eagles with a white head that had a thin neck and white underneath on it’s breast. The children finally saw it sitting in the tree when I showed them and then, it took a great leap from the tree and dive bombed into the water with a splash. We were all delighted and excited from the beauty of this!!! It basically fit’s the description of an Osprey but , that long neck has me a bit stumped. Anybody know for sure from the description? I am no expert on Osprey’s.
What a glorious and very full day with Nature’s wonders gifting our every moment.