Wednesday Marin Tender Tracks Day 15, 2012

Waxing half Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Leo was sick today.
It was another sweet day.  The children were ready and they started the day singing our welcoming song and the rain song.  This has been long coming and I do believe Wohe was the one who won their voices over with sharing his all these past weeks!  Simone was the first to request the beloved Rabbit furs to hold while we drive and the rest of the children came right in with their own desires of exactly which one they wanted to hold.  Then off we went.

Today  Simone was Guardian of the People/Finder of our Adventure.  Sidona was Guardian of Safety. Lenny was Finder of the Lunch Spot and Bodhi could have been Guardian of Direction but he REALLY did not want to do that. The children were informed that they never had to do a job and unless the other wanted to switch one would have to wait until another week came for them to enjoy what they preferred.  They found the rain sticks in the bus and spent quite a bit of time sharing those, listening to them, enjoying them, telling stories of how they know or don’t know about them and then, it was time to go.   We got all the right clothes on just in case the Skys poured fourth their rain but this never came about.  It was a bit chilly though so we took some of the right clothes yet  not enough. During lunch I went back and got Simone a warmer coat and let her wear my scarf hat the rest of the day.
Lenny was leading us to lunch spot and Simone wanted to change her mind and take that job back that she switched with Lenny.  As stated before, that was no longer an option yet it would be during another week. She took that right in and went along with Lenny’s choice.  I think she was just cold and didn’t like where he was taking us, hence, getting something warmer to wear.
Lenny wanted to go to the other side of the creek so we all shimmied across a log that is over the creek.  Lenny said, “Where are we going to eat? There is no picnic table.”  What there was was a beautiful fallen log with great Turkey tail mushrooms on it’s side creating a pretty skirt and a perfect table cloth for our needs.  We sat down and used it for our table.

During and after eating a Banana Slug was found and we watched it with great intent and then a wonderful California Newt.  They all got their hands dirty in order to hold it safely.  Lenny really wanted to hold it but said he was scared.  After a while and with lot’s of support from the children, by way of just being close to him and open to sharing this treasure with him, he held it, gave it back, held it gave it back, held it and……..He liked it!!!!! and was delighted with himself.

Simone really did not want to leave this area and the boys appeared to have a need to move so they got to roam all along this waters bank.  They were going towards the Waterfall and I followed them as the girls were investigating some plants and Banana Slugs.  They soon began to follow and then some great fun ensued.   They all tried to climb this very challenging rock to get closer to the Water fall. It was Simone who scrambled across everything with such ease!   I helped the rest and then Simone said she had to pee.
The quickest way was if I helped her walk through some shallow yet rushing water to the other side where some good trees were for this.   Bodhi went first, then Simone.  Lenny came next but he was really scared and had a few tears. He really thought that he couldn’t do it.  Then Simone said that she would go and somehow that spurred him on to say, “oh I can do it” and he went before her and made it!!!!  Two times today he embraced what he was frightened of and two times he made it through with a stronger sense of self and his abilities.   On the other side Simone did what she needed to and the others went romping up the great big stairs.  When they started to go a way different then what Simone wanted she made it clear that it was her choice today and she wanted to go another way. Simone and Bodhi who were up ahead honored her Role with ease and came right down.   We then went to the left, into the Redwood trees and had a wonderful last part of our day. The girls found wonderful flowers and picked them but first they gave songs and gifts to the plant people for what they were being given.  I found some Usnea for them to add to their flower bouquets and they liked this very much. They found mushrooms and added those to their beautiful arrangements that they then gave to the Earth as gifts.   The boys found a great, just begun, shelter and I started to haul in more wood to add to it. Then the boys and I all got going on finding lot’s of wood to build up this shelter while the girls carried on with their wonderful gifts for the Earth.   As I was dragging down a long branch, Simone left her world and joined mine. She then requested that we both carry the very long thick branch and then she said “let me carry it all by myself.”  I let go and off she went, even after she realized how big, long and heavy this was. She is quite the power house!

Lenny discovered a great Redwood tree that they had found a “birds nest” in along with another California Newt that we spent some time with.  Then he, Sidona and Simone climbed all the way up this Redwood tree.  They all had to negotiate how to get down and all the while Bodhi was engrossed in the shelter.  The other three finally came down and Lenny was in heaven.  He said he was like the birds and since he was studying birds right now he liked being up there like one of them.

They didn’t want to leave but leave we had to do.   We made it to the bus, buckled up and oh yes, there was story during this day and singing and Simone and Sidona were heard saying how much they love to just sing as we were singing as we were building and playing.

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