Car wash & Lake Lagunitas
What a wonderful, beautiful, graceful and delightful last day with just the children, Linda and I. We went first off to wash half of Ganesha to get him ready to paint next week on the last day of school. The children had so much FUN squealing with delight as the water splashed on them. Ruby loved the soap that came pouring out of the brush, Kuba was not so sure about getting this wet and messy but after a time got quite into the flow of it. Kai was a bit tired today from being sick over the weekend but was quite present and delighting in washing the bus with his small rag. Isabella was just tickled by it all as well as Eli who was so very happy to be doing this!
We cleaned it, dried it and inspected our work. We all agreed that a fine job was done and then, off to….? Well, due to weather, driving time and what wanted to happen we ended up going to the Lakes. And this was a very fine decision. When we got there we by passed circle and snack though, Ruby in particular, found this a bit disconcerting. However, it was 10:30 give or take and I wanted to take them back to the most beautiful place that they had found a couple of weeks ago and have more time to fully immerse in this wonder of a place. So, off we immediately went. When we got their it was in between our typical lunch and snack time so eating was just right. THEN, they longed to play. However stories were told at lunch time and that satisfied the expressed desire for that part of our usual circle. More lunch was eaten as well.
From here on out it just got better and better. By days end Kuba had been playing with Eli and Kai and even had hugs. And then ALLLL of the children were in Isabella and Ruby’s home. Kai was a Tyranosaurus Rex a lot and got face painted to match this being, per his request. Kuba had face paint again and LOVED this. They both spent a lot of time exploring for just the right rocks with the right shade of color testing the rocks out to see if the color was just right. I found a dragonfly nymph and Eli really liked this. He took it and ran to show it to Isabella and Ruby.
Kuba wanted to find something like this too so we began to look under more logs and stones in the creek. Kai followed along as well. I suppose a favorite part of the day for me was when, at the very end of the day, Linda was playing with Kai and being a bit bigger of a Dinosaur then he. I told Isabella that Kai was a bit scared and could he come in. She came to get him and said he could come in as long as he wasn’t scary in their home. He came in so now all four of them were there. But then Kuba was outside and seemed like he was feeling a bit left out. I asked if he would like to go into their home as well and let’s go together. So, Kuba, me and then Linda all went and knocked on the door. Then ALL the children were playing in the house.
This years progression of their young three year old nature of parallel play, social discoveries, speaking what they really want and so much more came to this beautiful culmination. When we were back at the bus, Isabella, Kuba and Eli were sitting all together and Kuba’s arms were around both of them. Kai and Eli were seen giving each other the biggest of hugs one to the other and Kuba was hugging Kai too earlier in the day. There was so much pure love.
They really wanted to draw our usual picture but as often happens we ran out of time. So they said, “Draw our hearts!” So I drew seven hearts and then we shared the many things we saw, heard, smelled, tasted, touched during our day: Birds singing, Dragonfly nymphs, fresh air on our cheeks, “tickly plants”, making land mark markers to find our way back, howling like Coyotes so our friends would know where we were, playing hide and go seek from either Linda or Me, taking time to eat with our eyes, ears, nose, touch and mouth. We named many, many plants, beings and fun that we had during our day and then made our way back to the park.