Get outside, Family!

Get outside, Family!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Grateful for nature, when and where I find it

I’m grateful for little bits of nature, where ever I can find them. I am thankful for:

  • The fiery sunset my son and I watched from our car at a McDonald’s parking lot, which transformed a rushed errand with a cranky kid into my favorite part of the day.
  • The walking trails left over from long-ago farms that the subdivisions in my community maintain.
  • Dandelions that bloom in the cracks of concrete lane dividers.
  • The walk I forced on my kids to check out a new trail in a town park, during which they complained non-stop until it started snowing. Then we all got quiet.
  • The bike ride and walk with my kids that I forced on myself on a day I felt I had too much to do, which turned out to be one of the last warm days of fall.
  • The yard behind our music school that would make a nice parking lot but instead is an oasis of free play for many children before and after lessons.
  • The small, wooded patch and creek outside my son’s school, where the kids battle trolls and other bad guys.
  • Interstate rest stops that have picnic areas, trees and playgrounds.
  • The flock of tiny, chirping black birds that took over a high-voltage transmission tower near my home. 
  • The wait for the school bus with my son just before dawn, when we try to identify planets and answer other questions about the universe of an 11 year old.

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