Rhett and Aron were absent today. Ione almost was but she met us at the Lake. The Girls thought this was very fun to just have girls and, so it was. A very different energy. I always enjoy days when who shows up is a bit different. Different groupings create different adventures.
Due to all of this the intentions of the day got altered and such is the way of nature. We had our circle and the story that decided that wanted to be told was A House with No Doors, No Windows and a Star Inside. Michelle had gone apple picking this weekend and brought many for us. This story seemed fitting. After the story and finding a star inside every apple we cut open we brought out little leather cloths for them to polish the apples. What a joy it was because as they polished and polished and shined them up, many wonders began to appear on the surface of the apples. Some looked just like the stars in the Heavens. At first all were polishing accept Talay. She found a cricket and very, very gently caught it and then sat as still as she did our second day when she got a Banana Slug. This cricket just stayed on her and took the same route that the banana slug did, up her arm until it finally, after about 15 min. decided to jump away. She has a gift most assuredly!
The yellow jackets were still about even though I lit a very special incense to ward them away. I am not convinced on it’s powers to keep the Yellow Jackets away but it was fun trying!
The girls began to run all over playing, Get away from Yellow Jackets. Michelle and I thought it would be a good time to pack up and see if we could find a place where no Yellow Jackets journeyed. So, off we went. But first a visit to the Porta potties and then Talay had a place that she wanted to take us so we followed her. We had a wonderful walk around half the lake to the place where the bridge is and the Redwood grove where the, now dry, creek bed is. We settled in there and ate our lunch and then they explored here and there. But what was out a ways away from us? Cat tails, very large cat tails that some of the children called Cock tails, the sound it seems is close to each other hence the different name.
The marsh was so dry we were able to walk out and get some. At first just a few of us went but then more wanted one like the big one that Talay got so they all went out, but this time with Michelle. There they laid down in the plants and looked up at the sky. We actually did a lot of that on this day checking to see if rain was really coming or not. The sky was fickled on this day.
While they were all out searching for more Cattails and looking up at the heavens, Talay and I found a most beautiful little nook inside a redwood stump where the sun was shinning perfectly inside. We nestled in but then the cloud children were playing Hide and Go seek so sometimes we were blanketed in sun and sometimes the warmth was covered up by the cloud children. No matter she and I had a good time scrapping the burnt redwood tree and discovering the shimmering black that came into our hands. We painted our nails and shared stories together until the others came back looking for us.
It was finally time to walk back. Cattails became horses to ride on and off we went back to our Bus all the while finding treasures and fun and Egrets to appreciate and enjoy all the way back. Layton was mesmerized by the white birds that we were so close to. Her awe of them was invigorating and enlivening to be apart of.
It was just a simply beautiful, and very peaceful day had by each one.