Tender Tracks Tues. Day 63

May 23, 2017
Waning Moon
Roy’s Redwoods

The weather was quite balance which made going to Roy’s a joy for the body!  When we got there Jesse and Kuba really wanted to go back and see the snake. So, they unburied it and picked it up with a stick to see what they could see.  Well, it was a bit stinky and we got to see where different bugs were aiding it to decompose. After some careful inspection and their curiosity slightly abated, they put it back and we buried it again.  They REALLY were fast at getting over to it.  I was surprised with their lasting interest and delighted that they still had it, though, I was not expecting to see the snake re emerged from it’s earthly protection. 🙂

The girls had some challenges throughout the day.  Ruby came in sad and was even more sad when Isabella wanted to just play with Edie. The reverse has been so for Edie with regard to Isabella and Ruby just playing together in the past. But today Edie and Isabella were playing, playing, and playing.  So with help, and throughout the day, there was a lot of figuring out how to all play together, how to treat each other well and, allow each other to play with who they wished to. A lot of navigating relationships!!!

Today was Jesse’s birthday and he received his story, songs and gifts in Jesse style.  All the children were present to hear his personal tale and then, off to play with new adventures.  There was talk of his Dragon party that some were able to attend this past weekend with great glee.

After circle we packed up and made our way, the long way, towards our usual spot but, we came upon an area that we often play. Normally we stay briefly but today we made camp there and settled in. The children were having so much fun climbing on the HUGE fallen down tree there just was no need to go any further.

Michelle and I did have a specific agenda today for them:  finish some projects with them for the last day of school.  Jake and Kuba REALLY wanted to know what all that we were doing  was for but “It is a surprise.”  And they said NOOO, tell us NOWWW. But alas, that would ruin the surprise now wouldn’t it???!!!!! 🙂

They drew on part of their surprises and got feet traced and then they climbed, ran, built things, found a cave way up a hill, played music with sticks, and shared their lunch with Isabella whose lunch seemed to have spoiled from the warmth of the day.

My most favorite part of the day was something that most or all of them never really saw.  I saw, for the first time in my life, a Raven flying through the air with a very large clump of something. It turns out, I am pretty sure, that it was ravenously eating after landing on a tree limb, a small Squirrel!!!

There are so many wonders popping up with this weather and late spring. Every day is filled with new sights and sounds of newly emerging animals, bugs, and plants.

We found a very, very long worm too that Archer liked a lot.  The birds were singing all around us a lot of the day and it was very fun to notice and wonder why at times they sang so loudly and why they got completely quiet at times.

We made our way back to the bus with ease.  They were quieter on the way back from a full day.

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