Tender Tracks Wed. Day 25

March 29, 2017
Waxing Crescent Moon
Lake Alpine

Everyone was here and, I am pretty convinced that the reason every one is and of late, has been, in more mellow and expanded ways is due to the diminishing of a long and wet winter that we are not used to.  Truly, all the children had such an ease about them.
Moving about the day is just simply easier with warm Sun shining down upon us all and less cumbersome clothes.

When we got to the Lake there was a Fisherman there.  Before we got out Puma said, “Let’s go over and talk with him!” with extreme joy and exuberance.  I suggested that they go over very quietly as most Fisherman come for the quiet.  So, that is exactly what all the children, accept Ruthie, did. (Ruthie was with me setting up circle.)  They went over to him very quietly and he proceeded to take them in with a very loving and warm heart. He shared with them all about his fishing equipment and how to fish and he even said they did not need to be quiet!!!  The children were so happy to be with him. He was truly a very, very kind and generous man and we all benefitted from his willingness to share!

Ruthie was with me and having such a fun time. As a matter of fact ALL day she was having a fun time. Each week she engages more and more and today she had a large and expressive voice. She was IMMERSED in the water later on too!!

When all were done with the Fisher man we came in for circle time.  There we moved our bodies like birds soaring about, sang our songs and found out how each of our own Sparrows fly, like in one of our songs.  We then received little gluten free biscuit birdies and, the children gobbled them up.

After circle they scrambled up the big rock, played on the bouncy tree and had a grand time. We all wound up sitting for awhile looking at: the fisherman who moved to another spot, ALLLLLL the turtles on two logs across from us, the Incredible Great Blue Heron that was talking and then FLEW!!!!! up squawking away, the Cormorant that got startled by the Great Blue Heron, a butterfly flying and the beauty all around us.

We finally made our way down the road to find the turtles that they really wanted to see again.  They wondered if the beans that we laid out were still there so there was a lot of searching and then a wondering if we could find our way without the beans this time!
And, they did!!!  they began to recognize many landmarks.

We found miners lettuce to eat too and other edibles. Oliver found mud and he let it be known that he REALLY likes mud!   We all found our way to our place but…..where were the turtles??????

There were only a few turtles on the log.  Not long after we got settled Puma and I went to get closer to the turtles. We sat there for a long time watching them come back on the log one by one. And then watching their heads bobbing up and down and then finally climbing on.   Puma was done and then Avaline wanted to do the same so she and I went over and had a grand time sitting together and watching the turtles.  Then Oliver came over to join us. The three of us stayed there until we came over to set up lunch.

The others were on the other side with Linda, “fishing” and playing in the water.  Puma loved putting water in his boots. Vita went in the water with delight.  Ruthie became a fish due to the way she LOVED being in and playing with the water and Jasper played yet did not go in the water.

They all came over for lunch and there we ate. The winds started to pick up and we put some coats on them as it was a bit chilly yet still beautiful and easeful.  We kept looking at the clouds to begin learning how to read them.  They REALLY looked like rain clouds forming to me yet people kept telling me the weather report has been saying there will be no rain for awhile. Yet, as I write this the rain clouds are forming and there is a 50% chance of rain tonight. That was validating for my cloud reading abilities!

After lunch they really settled in and were playing, dropping in to the elements of earth and sky even more deeply and then, it was time to say the thing that I did not want to….. ” We need to go in a few minutes.”  They really did not want to leave yet, as so often times happens at this time.

And then some got even more wet!  When we got back we had a small changing party, shared our thanks and remembrance of the day and off we went with happy hearts shinning out through our happy faces.




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