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March 14, 2018
Waning Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Eamons Grandma came to play with us today!

The energy was a bit wild and the weather brought a lull in the rain from the past two days.  We weren’t sure of the rain factor so, we set up under the shelter at the Lakes just in case.

The children had a great deal of fun playing in the trees today, climbing their favorite creek bank, and playing a lot with Ruby.  I actually wish Ruby was writing this as I was fairly busy with a lot of the set up of things and being with this little one here and that little one there. She, however, shared some grand tales of events of the day at our debrief at days end.

One of my favorites that she shared with me at the end of the day was with Ellie Acorn. Ellie is mostly quiet but today, she had a great deal to share, all day. And, when playing with the children she was helpful and playful with them as well.  Ellie Turtle had a fine day yet was easily upset on this day where she has not been so for quite a while. Holden, who the past couple times has been a bit more sullen was back to his very happy and playful self and loved pulling at my backside and then I chase him about!  Eamon was just as playful too. Uma was just grand accept when she went pee and fell upon her bottom. When I pulled up her pants dirt got into the cracks, so to speak. That was NOT her happy moment so, grab the towel, clean that up and all back to new again.  Ashley, though cold in the morning after some nice change of clothes was good to go. Luna was happy yet, like Ellie Turtle, not as keen to wear the rain clothes.But alas, all was wet about and when these two do get wet, oh how sorrowful they are!  I heard Ruby and Ellie Turtle had a fine time changing her clothes though as Ruby told her all about the princesses, how they take care of their good clothes, wear their rain clothes ( which interestingly enough looked just like the ones Ellie was wearing!)  and they hang their pretty dresses just in the right spot for when they come back from wet and dirty play. Well, that did the trick!  Ellie was dressed for the day and off and running.  Cole was filled with lot’s of imagination, games and so much fun and delight!  And Violet, Violet was happy running around with the children yet had some moments of getting very angry with some of the children.  Eamon’s recourse was to give her some faces. With some help he was able to move on and I went with Violet.  Then Violet, Uma, Ellie Turtle and I all went on a magick adventure to the Porta Potties through our wonderful Snake Forest!

At the beginning of the day, we started in the bus shaking shaking shaking a jar filled with white liquid that I told them was going to turn gold and we were going to be able to eat it. We were making butter. This has worked well for years yet today, IT DID NOT!! No matter how much we shook and shook and shook and shook it would not turn into butter. What a mystery. Luckily we had ghee and leftover butter that we made the day before. And, we had wonderful bread from the fine bakers that deliver that special bread to the good Earth. And all of this was for the story they heard about Sean Hoolahan, a leprechaun, and Mrs. O’Malley.  He was looking for gold and she gave him some by making it from the Cows milk/cream.

After lunch, they all made their baskets. I kept wanting to do a special game with the jewels that were in the special pot at circle that was the leprechauns but alas, the day was wild and full and, always too short, so that just never happened.  And of course, by days end there was the traditional changing of clothes, for at least some.

All and all, however, the children seemed filled with 3/4-year-old exuberance and grand aliveness.

March 7, 2018
Waning Crescent Moon
Sorich Open Space

What a very unexpected and glorious day. The children came prepared for a cold and cloudy day but alas, the sky got clearer, the Sun shone brighter and we wound up just not being able to take off enough clothes, well at least some of the children felt that way.  However, to feel the warmth on our skin was a sweet gift and we drank it up.

The day unfolded like a gentle and meandering river on a warm day.  The children got out of the bus and all climbed up the big rock with large smiles.  After a time they came into circle and there we sang, ate, heard a most delightful story and were ever so peaceful. If you get a chance to read or purchase this book I believe, I hope, you too will be delighted. It is so perfect for the stage that they are in for the next year or two and the illustrations are simply precious and tender.

The Rabbits' Wedding

After circle they all brought their cups and bowls to Ruby and went back to the bouncy tree and the big rock. Holden and Eamon played greatly together on their Fig tree bouncy ride which, Holden told me was the train to the Pokemons. I asked him what they ate and where they lived. He didn’t know other than we were going to where they live. They do talk though, he knows that.  Cole turned into a Robot that you had to turn on now and again. Eamon went along with the Pokemon but he had a great deal of color and alternative dimensions to his ride.   Ashley was full of life and energy and just loved running all around. Ellie Acorn was zippity quick up and down the rock and the hills.  She and Cole were often seen up on top of the Big Rock with a gentle breeze blowing on them. She looked like the Mt. Queen. He, to mention, was the Captain of a Pirate ship!  Luna turned into the Sad Black Rabbit in the story that was only sad because it really, really, really wanted to always be friends with the white rabbit.  Uma gave Luna the biggest white Rabbit hug and then all the other girls came in with their hugs too!  Ellie Turtle kept getting hotter and hotter and wanting to take off many layers until there really weren’t that many layers left. At lunchtime, she was disturbed by the warmth. RIGHT as she said she was too hot, Brother/Sister Wind brought in a gentle Spring East breeze and cooled not only her off but the other children as well.  What great manifestation!!! On the spot!
And Violet, Violet was in such a good and happy mood.  She loved running about with Ashley, Eamon and Holden as they made many adventures from this place to that.

We all wound up down in one area picking wild edibles such as sour grass, miners lettuce and chickweed and playing their many adventure games.  Their play is becoming more integrated with one another and more formed. Still not like a five-year-old yet they are most definitely older in their ability to be with one another in their individual games.  Lunchtime came and after a while, their favorite lunch game took place: “What does this look like?( refering to some food of theirs)”  “Oh, that is a boat”  I say. “No, it’s a sandwich!!” they say.  ” Oh really?? Well, what do you do with it?”  “You eat it!” and then they eat their food  Every lunchtime somewhere along the line this game is longed for and their question “What is this” calls out.  And, they eat their lunch!!

We cleaned up lunch, I took Luna and Ellie Turtle to go poop in the little Tender Tracks Potty.  Luna tried but, nothing came about.  She went back to the others and then Ellie sat upon the pottie.  And, she was so delighted and said with absolute glee and exclamation “It came out!!!”  ” Luna tried and nothing came out and I did and it came out!!”  She was delighted and then off she went too.

We all took a walk up to this brand new tire swing and took turns on that the rest of the day.  Each wanting to push the other and then, RRRRUUUNNNNN down the hill and back to the bus to make our way home where Ruby told them a story all the way back.

And I forgot to say, Uma, Ashley, Violet and maybe a couple others, who didn’t stay long, found the metal trash can and began playing their “music” on the can. What drummers they were. Some of us danced to their offerings. Ashley was the one that REALLY liked this and came back to it a few times to bang away!   I put the photo on the shutterfly account. If you are still having a hard time getting on please let me know, again.  I know there is a way to get you on there and see these photos.

 

 

Feb. 28, 2018
Waxing Crescent Gibbous Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Everyone was with us and back from Holiday!  It is that time of year where wonderful growth and unity is often seen here at Tender Tracks.  So much fun to see, experience and enjoy!  Everyone seemed taller, more social and more at ease with Tender Tracks, themselves and each other!

The weather began easy and clear-skied and moved toward grayer and grayer skies.  As we drove home a little drop here and little drop there began.  Weather-wise, a very easy day.

We began the day at the lakes with the invitation to put their backpacks at the backpack tree and anyone who wanted to help carry firewood to come around the back of the bus and help out. Uma, Ashley, Eamon and the two Ellies immediately went to help. Each one carrying what they could to the picnic table.  There was some playing around in the area as Ruby and I took turns with them and setting up the circle around the fire pit with mats and the fire.  Then the children came in, of their own accord, sat down with eager anticipation, quite quietly I will add, and we sang our songs. We then gave our thanks, from our hearts to the wood, and fire and began to sing our Fire song to aid it in lighting.  With Ruby and I working together the fire came to a blaze and all was well but, oh no, a spark went on Uma and went right through her rubber type rain suit and fleece pants to her leg. It did not seem to burn her skin much yet it scared her heart and great tears came for quite some time. We immediately got her all that she needed and she spent a good amount of time being loved and held in either Ruby’s or my lap.  While in Ruby’s we continued to get our popcorn ready, put it on the fire and listen, with great eagerness, to hear the first, second, third, fourth……pop, pop, pooopppppiiiinnngggg of the kernels. What smiles and pure delight came from them.

When the popcorn was done, it appeared to be the best and most tasty in the history of Tender Tracks ever made!!  The children ate their bowls up ENTIRELY and some longed for more. But alas, one pot was just enough. Clean up happened and off to play they went for about half an hour.  But oh no, I forget to tell you here, before we left circle we gave a small honoring to Violet and Cole. They both turned four years old the week before, two days apart.  We sang to them and then they each received their birthday gift. Smiles came from both and THEN we were ready to move out of circle.

Eventually, they all wound up at the small creek where playing up and down the hill happened. Holden and Eamon were exploring the mud, Ashley put her rain boots on so she could do the same, Ellie Turtle played on the bouncy tree, Violet was REALLY excited about showing me remnants of mushrooms, Luna was helping me gather lichen, Cole was in the mix of going up and down the hill and Ellie Acorn was helping Ruby and Uma put out the fire and clean up.

We gathered everyone up, walked all the way up the big stairs and found our most beloved spot. There they ate at the picnic table, we played some of our lunchtime, help them eat, games and then they packed up and began running up and down and up and down and up and down the hill there. It appears that many were some sort of Dinosaur or another. Dear Ruby was about to be eaten. Two or three tumble bumble and tears from children came about, lot’s of hugs and love, up again and being chased to be eaten continued!

There was so much loving, hugging, helping, supporting, laughing and playing all with each other throughout this day. Even with great tears of true release from falls, and sparks, they bounced back with the support of friends and plenty of lap holding.  Then up and off each and every time.

On the way back we sang our song: And the green grass grows all around and around and the green grass grows all a round… with all manner of different verses. The last one being their names right before we arrived. How happy each was when they would hear their own name!

A glorious, glorious day.