Vivian is in awe with Autumn's leaves. She never forgets her nature basket when she goes outside - she has discovered a new world - an outside world without Mommy right by her side. Up until last week she would not leave our back steps unless I was with her - protecting her from Earl the Squirrel and all the other unknowns in her brand new backyard.
She is stepping outside her comfort zone (luxurious condo life) and into Mother Nature's glory. I feel like I have given her the world by moving into a house with a yard.
She is careful with her selection. I can tell that she no longer feels like a visitor to natures magic - she feels one with it. She feels like it belongs to her and it does, it belongs to all of us.
This time last year we moved into a condo with pretty views of nature. It was beautiful but we couldn't be a part of what we saw from our windows. We couldn't touch it. It didn't feel right. I bought this book (about a week after we moved into our condo) and I knew that our condo wasn't going to be called home for very long.That and also because of this and having to buy these.
Watching my little ones in our backyard is such a joyful experience. It makes the whole experience of packing and unpacking three times in less than three years worth it. I finally feel like this is our home. Now, getting Vivian to come inside has become a bit tricky. Yesterday I promised her that we could use glue (Modge Podge) and make a candle holder with her pretty red leaves she obliged. Inspired by Twig and Toadstool - we made these Autumn candle holders.
If asked what was the biggest lesson my children have taught me thus far- my answer would be that they taught me that they need to be outside everyday, in a place where they feel safe to explore, discover, pretend and be one with. nature. Richard Louv put it on paper for me, he opened my eyes and inspired me. If you haven't read his book and you know deep in your heart that you and your children are not spending enough time outside - read his book. I am also grateful to my dearest friend India who is passionate about this very topic and introduced me to Louv's work. I learn a lot from books and I learn a lot more from my children and friends. Realizing this, I am ok with learning as I go. I can stop criticizing myself for not knowing firsthand the importance of time spent in nature. We all have the instinct to be in nature - we just don't always honor it.
Being in nature is no longer an effort - living in this house makes being one with nature effortless.