Tender Tracks Thurs. Day 50

March 28, 2019
Day after Half Waning Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Josie was absent today.

The children came into the bus with a special word and movement for  their “bus pass”.
We got settled in and Ellie was the one to hand out the stuffed animals. She has been waiting for this for awhile and was delighted to finally have her turn.

Up at the Lake they ran out, as usual, only this time with their buckets at hand. They brought them right to the fire pit and then proceeded to check the area out.  Ruby and I brought out all we needed to fry potatoes and make fresh lemonade from the lemons that Eamon brought us from his own tree on Tuesday.

The table was set up for them to cut the potatoes. Ruby guided them all through that and they did great cutting them all up. Theo in particular was gung ho with it all and stayed until he cut every last potato.

He and Holden REALLY got into helping get the fire going and Eamon REALLY wanted to be able to light the fire. So, that is what happened. I set the fire up and Eamon used a match or two to get it going. He got the flame but then it went out. So, Holden tried and finally Theo. The last time was the trick (with a small amount of my help moving the match around a bit more to truly get it going) and off the fire went.  Then, Holden and Theo really built their bravery up as they tried and learned more of how to put the wood into the fire without hurting themselves as well as really get the wood into the fire. Eamon was not sure about this and avoided it until finally he came in, very tentatively, and then POOF!  he did it!  He got that wood in there and it was a great success.  The Fire was blazing and they were fortified from their brave efforts and successes.

I was told that Ellie really loved making the lemonade. It was hard too to press it with the lemon squeezer we had.  They all worked diligently at it though.  Ruby melted the honey in our tea pot then poured the lemons and water into it. They all drank a lot of this lemonade up, particularly, Luna, Eamon and Ellie!

When the potatoes were done they all came in and ate up. Well, all that is accept Theo and Luna. Both of them were not into potatoes. I brought out a nut bar for them and they were happy with that. The potatoes were cooked in the butter they helped make last week as well.

At the beginning of the day Ellie was playing with the boys. Luna was off creating a great Fairy tale book.  I got to learn all that was in that book too and play together with her!  The magick given from this book was stupendous!  After cooking together and eating Ellie and Luna went off to play. Then the boys went into the tunnel/culvert there. Eamon asked Luna to come on over and play.  Then there was some tussle about whether the boys called one of the girls stupid. Then they said they called the tennis ball they found stupid, then I drew a funny face on it and it turns out the ball disagreed that it was stupid and to show it’s brilliance it flew into the air with such speed and agility! 🙂 The boys ran after it and then threw it into the creek.  The girls were a bit sad about that but then went down to try and retrieve it. And, this is how Ellie got one foot very wet, from the attempt.  Then, a one foot changing party took place for her. 🙂

We then packed up for an adventure. On the way, Luna called me in to play one of her most favorite games, Hide and Go Seek.  We ran off ahead and hid behind a tree. The children and Ruby were taking quite a bit of time to come along the trail. Luna then began to make a little sound, one she said she learned from a friend.  Ellie was walking ahead of the others, she just meandered past, never seeming to hear Luna, and did not notice us.  The others came by and, lo and behold, they found us!!!  Great laughs and back onto the trail we went.

We made our way around the trail until we found a very old and fun place that we used to go to when they were much younger.  There we stayed for the rest of the day eating lunch, hearing a version of the original Little Mermaid, playing a bit in the water and mud right there and off, down the trail and back to the bus to go home we went.

Ruby told a GRAND story all the way home and the children listened with great focus and presence.

But oh yes, I just remembered some other very fun things that happened.  The boys found a barbecue grate and were delighted with it. Holden threw it into the water and Theo shared with him how that was not good for the creatures in the water.  Eamon wanted to rescue it. So, I said they might want to find a long stick and get it out. Eamon found one right away.  He almost got it but needed help. Holden came in and the two of them worked together. Ultimately Holden got it out and YEAH!!! There was a little celebration as they really did get that big thing out of the water!!!  Later on the boys were all huddled together as they found a worm, which Theo named Wormie!  He really wanted to take it every where with us in the bucket of mud home they made for him. Alas, the word and bucket did stay there but they loved it so much while they played and cared for him.



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