“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
i feel like a crazy lady on the loose in the woods. not in a good way. the kind of lady that doesn't belong in the woods. the kind of lady who screams at her kids, "get out of those leaves! get back on the trail! don't sit down on the trail! bugs, bugs! bad bugs!"
i know i'm not one of those mamas who is afraid of their kids getting dirty or getting to know some bugs. i know i am a mama who lives for being in nature. but sometimes i listen to myself and laugh at how i must sound if someone was to over hear me lately in the woods with my littles. those damn bad bugs. and i mean bad bugs. ticks, my waking nightmare.
living in the lyme disease epicenter, i've always been aware of ticks. i made sure i checked myself after any jaunt in the woods. i didn't want lyme disease, but the threat of ticks did not keep me from the woods. but now that i have two little beings following my steps, my view of the woods during peak tick season has drastically changed. it started last fall, my tick nightmare. totally made me reexamine our time spent in the woods during these crazy, disgusting peak times of tick activity. in the simplest of terms, it freaked me the F out. the thought of my babes contracting lyme disease scares me to the core. enough to take a step back and make the decision to stay off of our trail for a bit.
just like last year, this has been forcing me to find new places. slightly more groomed places than our regular stomping ground of the state forest. it takes a bit more effort and we usually have to leash duke and drive a bit farther. but the discovering and rediscovering of these cool little spots, without quite so heavy of a worry of those bad bugs, makes the inconveniences a little less inconvenient in the big picture.