“For children, nature comes in many forms. A newborn calf; a pet that lives and dies; a worn path through the woods; a fort nested in stinging nettles; a damp, mysterious edge of a vacant lot- whatever shape nature takes, it offers each child an older, larger world… nature does not steal time; it amplifies it.” -Richard Louv
noah had a rough day thanks to four new teeth working their way out. i had a rough day thanks to a very crabby babe. there was alot of crying and whining, no napping, an overwhelmed tension- crankiness all around. pat came home to an irritated mama and an over tired babe. thankfully noah finally went down for a much needed nap. i loaded up tanner and duke, headed into the nearby woods, and made it my mission to send all my irritation hiking.
i told that part of me that just wants to move on the trail to stay home, that this trip into the woods was all about standing around and taking it all in. i didn't need the irritation that can sometimes creep up when trying to get a near three year old moving on the trail when there are so many things to see and explore within a ten foot diameter.
a few hours later we arrived home with a sleeping tot in the backseat, a calmed dog, and much more grounded mama. and of course the usual few new rocks to add to our collection.