Leo was home sick today.
They were all in happy spirits and ready for the days unfoldment.
Today was the day to see if the Iris’s we gathered from last week that I soaked all week would make some good paint.
I brought out the brick that Lenny brought to Tender Tracks a couple of weeks ago along with a stone Mortar and Pestle.
The brick had to be thrown hard onto some stones in order to break into smaller pieces to pound. That was fun for all to try and throw the brick hard enough to break. This was no easy task and they worked at it. Lenny broke a stone in the process and got a great and sharp knife out of it from the stone! They pounded and pounded yet the person who stuck to this and loved it the most was Simone!
We checked out the Iris paint and it was actually too watery to do much so they mixed some of the brick red to it. We gathered Dandelions for paint brushes and used some lichen too. They also found some charcoal to paint with as well.
While they were expeimenting I made, in front of them, a little stick frame and attached some paper to it like a canvas. Then I told them a story to support all that we were doing that was all about How the Indian Paintbrush plant came to be. The story included painting like this on a frame. They then had some paper to paint on. When they were finished with all of this they scattered to cross over the log over the creek and explore the other side of the creek.
They ran over to the waterfall in memory of when we climbed all over the rocks over there. They were in delight as they tested their bodies skill at pulling up in hard spaces using a large root that traversed the slipper rock. Bodhi scampered up another section, Sidona tested her strength and skill with the root and Lenny did his best to imitate her abilities. Simone was climbing over slipper rocks with ease when she realized that she needed to use the bathroom. Over the roaring waters I signaled for her to go back to the tree area. She misunderstood me and went all the way back, over the log and back to the picnic table area where all of our stuff was in order to use a tree there.
While they were on the other side of the creek I had put all of their painting things away. When Simone was finished peeing she said “Why is everything put away?” I said, ” You were all fiinished.” And she said “NO!” So out everything came and she spent a good portion of the rest of the day creating pounding and pounding and then creating many potions with charcoal, brick, flowers, lichen and creek water in the buckets that I had out for them.
While this was happening the other three continued on with traversing the challenging rocks near the loud waters. Sidona discovered and commented on the loudness of the water and seemed quite delighted and amused by this. She and Lenny scampered over this one spot yet Bodhi struggled. I was on the other side of the water watching as he tried, and tried and tried to figure out how to get across this one slipper part. He persevered for quite some time. I waited before stepping in as I did not want to disturb his struggling and problem solving. He finally called out to Lenny as he just could not figure out how to get his slippery boots on the slippery rock to cross over. He then appeared to be potnetially entering into a more traumatic point so I called out to him to see if he wanted some help. He calmly said yes. I came over and with one very small adjustement, he figured out how to cross over and ran off with delight. By this time Sidona and Lenny had found, and had been finding, lot’s of Banana Slugs. Earlier they all found this rock circle that looked like someone was trying to make a fire pit. They thought that this would be a great Banana Slug house so they kept putting the Slugs in there. Bodhi left Sidona and Lennt and came over to see what Simone was doing and from there the two of them had a GRAND time making potions and experiments together. Bodhi was true to 4/5 year old form when he said, “You don’t like to kill but I am REALLY liking playing with you!” He had such beautiful child innocence and authenticity. Sidona didn’t have any response yet they continued playeing very happily together with overt joy.
All the while Sidona and Lenny were building their Banana Slug palace.
I crept up on them to sit behind the tree and hear their play. Lenny didn’t think Sidona was making the house quite right and Sidona was sharing how it was just fine. They finally figured out how to make this place mutually acceptable and then, Sidona came around the corner and spied me. I laughed and she looked on with wonderment. They then showed me their creation. They had beautifully built up this Slug home like an Irish stone house. They had gathered several more Banana Slugs too though there was one that just kept crawling out and away!
A bit later places changed again and then Sidona began to play with Simone and Bodhi and Lenny joined forces again. Then all of them came to finish out the day with filling up all the buckets ( I went and got two more for all of them to have) with water and all that they had gathered. They were entranced and involved with it all until we had to go and dump these magickal creations out onto the Earth and then use the creek water to clean their vessels. Simone was a bit hard pressed to do any of this because she really could have carried on for much longer. However, we did all manage to clean up, pack up and get back into the bus and make our way back to pick up.