Tender Tracks Tues. Day 65
May 28, 2018
Everyone was here and in fine spirits. There was more unity on this day than ever before. Though, the boys, at the end of the day made it clear that they did NOT play with the girls because the girls, well, I don’t recall the exact word but, basically, boys are better. And, again, no matter what they shared, they all played with each other on and off throughout the day with delight. 🙂
However, the girls had a grand time, all three of them, together, and the boys did indeed love being with their own gender. Which, is so very appropriate at this developmental stage.
When I asked Eamon if he liked his little sister he said “Of course! She’s my sister!” another 🙂 from me.
When he said this I was reminded of an 11 year old girl I had in a girls group that I ran for three years. All the girls had younger brothers that they all thought were QUITE annoying. One day this one girl made it clear that boys are just so DUMB, ANNOYING et al…. When I asked her what she thought about her Mom loving her day she stated, quite confidently, “Well, she just forgot! ( how dumb and annoying they are.)” I am chuckling. Yes, puberty sets in and then, oh dear, things do begin to shift, like it or not 🙂
The day was filled with such life all around us. Eamon, after circle, really wanted to find a worm. There were so many birds, dragon flies, and, this was the most amazing, LOT’S of trout right in the small part of the creek under the waterfall! I have NEVER seen this before. This is the time of the year when all the bull frog tad poles are swarming this area. Didn’t see any of those but there were so many trout, large trout, swimming around and, the water fall was flowing stronger.
The boys came filled with a great deal of energy of exploration, intrigue and movement. When we got to the lakes and sent them on a task: take one bucket each and clean it out with the creek water. Then, find some liken and moss and use that to clean out all the dirt that was in them and then see if you can catch a fish. Well, they were REALLY gung ho on this and went for it! Washing with the moss was truly a favorite of theirs. Seeing how it could clean off the dirt so well brought smiles to their faces and enthusiasm to the cleaning.
While the boys were doing that the girls were up above, I think around the fairy tree but I wasn’t there. Eamon called me over to help with something at the Water fall. We discovered that we could barely hear each other even when we were close because the water was soooo loud. He was frustrated that we couldn’t just get rid of the water fall. Josie and Luna came down to me and wanted me to be the “Monster Baby Mom” again, and play that game like we did last week. So, it commenced. Theo was a Ninja who wanted to eat us but of course, Monster Babies LOVE to eat Ninja’s. Theo likes to chase better than being chased! 🙂
We went to circle then packed up and made our way to one of their favorite spots but first, the girls were really into climbing the tall Redwood tree and became monkeys and Bats hanging upside down and swinging from branch to branch.
As we were working towards going up the hill it took a long time as the children kept, beautifully, finding many many wonders all along the way. It was fun and funny. When we finally got to our spot what did I find but very large turtles on the fallen down tree that lays in the lake and encouraged them all to come see.
Throughout the day there was a challenge to see who might be able to get close enough to touch the turtles. Mainly Theo and Ruby were interested. Theo I don’t think really put together that talking loudly encourages the turtles to plop off of the log and going slow does the opposite.
The boys had a GRAND time throwing the wonderful rocks found at the back side of the fallen down tree and “cleaning it up” they said. The girls made beautiful “offerings” to the fairies that were ever, ever so beautiful . And, I believe it was Josie that found a little fury caterpillar. Everyone came over to explore that for a bit.
The walk home was filled with children turning into rocks and having a song sung to them to wake them up as well as hiding behind trees and being found.
A picture of the day was drawn along with gratitudes.
A fun and beautiful WARM!!! day.
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