February brought some freezing and thawing and plenty of rain. We discovered that one of the trails that we often scramble up turned into a very slippery mud slide on the way down! Lots of fun was had and lots of laundry was made. An older couple walked by and the gentleman commented, "I have never seen such happy or dirty children!" This comment made us teachers smile, because we regularly see the joy that an immersive experience with the natural world brings. One of the beauties of early childhood is that young children live so much in the present moment, and their hearts are completely open to connect with the wonder of snow and ice, or little rivers made by heavy rain, or the serendipitous joy of a good slide in the mud. Being with young children so much helps bring this richness of the present moment into my life more, and I am grateful for that. And I am also grateful to be able to facilitate experiences like this, to be able to encourage little adventures, to make joyful memories, and to help build bonds between human hearts and the trees and sky and earth.
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