Palo Alto Tender Tracks Wednesday Jan 29, 2014 Day 19

One day before New Moon
Foothills Park: The Island
Natalie and Emme were out sick today.  The sky was gray and the cloud coverage was hanging low with the warm and quiet aspect to it.  We wondered if it would rain.
Just and FYI: A verse to help see if it is really going to rain:
When sparrows fly high the rain will go by.
When Sparrows fly low the rain will show.

Did you notice any Sparrows and how they were flying?
We did notice a lot of birds today from the beginning of the day and throughout.
We had such a fun and playful time today.  When we got to Foothills Park we had a rousing time, that Bosch instigated, playing and throwing up all the old fallen leaves.  I said I really needed a blanket and to be in a  little cozy house like the Squirrels nests we saw up in the trees before we even left today.  They buried me but then Aurora, with great glee PUSHED the leaves off and I POPPED out. We laughed and began throwing the great leaves up and down and all over ourselves.   They then ran to the snack basket. It was clear that it was time for circle!
We sang a new song called Standing like a Tree. We imagined that our feet were roots growing deep into the Earth and our roots drank up all the water and brought it all the way up to our branches. The words go like this:
Standing like a tree with my roots down deep and my branches held up high, down comes the sun, down comes the rain, down comes the love in a heart that is open to be…. then you begin again.
We sang some more songs and then I told them a story about How Dream Catchers came to be.  Last week I made Emme a Dream catcher and this day we were going to the Island to harvest more Willow to, eventually, make them all Dream Catchers of their own.   We played some more and then off to the Island we went.
All the way there we noticed the water birds and so many things along the way.  There we played great games, explored, but the most fun was when the children started to feed the ducks and water birds bits of their carrots, oranges, fruit and such. They laughed and giggled as they watched the birds grab the carrots and peas and swim from the other ducks who also wanted them. They did this for a very long time!
After lunch Aurora went to go get a “fish” and OH NO, she slipped  right into the water!  We Bundled her up and Eric gave her his coat to put on top of mine while I ran to the bus to get extra warm clothes.  Bosch snuggled her up the entire time. When I got back we changed her and , after a little bit, she was running all around the Island with Jasper and having a Grand Time!
Bosch, Aurora and Jasper said that they saw some fish that were at least 2 feet long. We all ran to see if we could see these wonders as well but,  the rest of us never got to see them. 🙁
The day was simply delightful, filled with joy, laughter and exuberance. On the way to the park they looked at the Golden Guide Field Guides that they like and on the way back they played, Bosch You’re Asleep and What Are You Dreaming. Then they put, with their hands over their heads, shapes of dream catchers so that they would catch the bad dreams and let the good dreams flow right into him.  Bosch seemed soo peacefulll!!!!

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