Tender Tracks Thurs. Day 60
May 9, 2019
Today was a bit of a funny day in that we had “visitors” all day.
When we got to Roy’s they immediately jumped out and went to play. The bouncy tree was so much fun, the hiding spots in the Redwoods, climbing over logs, making grand homes and running throughout the area. There are many trees that fell this winter and some right near our beloved bouncy tree yet, not ON the tree so no hinderance there. Poison Oak was formidable so throughout the day there was a lot of REALLY looking at the leaves and knowing them as well as the difference between Poison Oak leaves and Berry Leaves.
During circle the teenagers from the near by school came through. Luna was her usual friendly and welcoming self to them. She thought it would be so fun if she could be with them and play with them. Alas, they were near us only for a bit and then when their teacher arrived off they went. 🙁
After circle we stayed in the area just for a bit and then gathered our belongings and up the big hill to get to our usual path. Our old path was covered by fallen trees. So, as I said, up the hill above the bouncy tree, over and around and down and then, where do we go??? They found their way and different ways. We played many Hide and Go seek games, finding puddles, Banana Slugs, wet ground, dry ground and lot’s of scat of bird, worm and other.
And oh yes, before we left for this adventure Will, who has substituted at Tender Tracks, was on his way somewhere else but saw the bus so stopped and stayed with us until right after lunch! He was VERY welcomed. And, this time, the boys got to play with him. I heard last time Luna REALLY liked playing with him and the boys did not get as much time with him. This time however, he divided himself a bit and all the children were happy for this.
We finally made it to our usual place and began to explore the other bouncy tree and inside the big Cathedral. There were also lot’s of trees that were down over here too with yellow tape keeping us out.
When we were eating lunch there was a Mother, her daughter, who seemed about 4 years old and their little baby. The little girl really wanted to play with the children and finally joined us. Theo was exceptionally welcoming and thought it would be grand if her whole family joined us on the bus when we were to go home!
While they were all playing together there was a big buzzing sound. It turned out that the woman’s husband was playing with a drone. The boys were extremely interested in that so I went with them as we searched the sky and land for this loud wonder. We found it and then the man showed them how he made them.
We then went back to the others and then went on a long adventure back home taking breaks playing Hide and go Seek and discovery. The family came with us all the way back to the bus and there we parted ways.
In the bus we shared our thank you’s and oh yes, I plum forgot, when they got on the bus first thing in the morning they got to pick out a stuffed animal that would be their friend for the day. A friend that they could take with them, outside! The story of the day was one that some of them really know from my CD called How stories came to be. When we got back on the bus they whispered their stories of the day to their friends that they took with them.
Theo had by chance brought his own stuffed animal that day so he brought that. At one point he thought he lost it and was so very alarmed by this. We were about to go on a big search when, he PULLED it out of his pocket! Oh how happy he was. Ellie didn’t want to have a stuffed animal friend and Luna and Eamon had two; one for the bus and one with them for the day. Also, at circle time we all whispered what we wanted for the day into a very special felt ball and then put it in the dreaming box of Trilly Trully and Trippy Troopy.
Another fine day indeed.
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