We’re spending more time outside, the kids are stretching those Winter-tired muscles, and I am enjoying letting some fresh air into the house.
Earlier this week, as AJ and I were walking back home from the elementary school after dropping the other kids off for the day, I was overwhelmed by the evidences of Spring. And, in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to make our walk home into a “green” Nature Sense Walk. We looked around for everything green. First, we noticed the obvious: grass, leaves, needles, plants. Then we started seeing green everywhere! Shutters, mail boxes, power boxes, cars, street signs. Suddenly (when we opened our eyes to it!) green was everywhere! I even handed AJ a camera and we took turns taking pictures of green things together.
After we’d exhausted the green, I had AJ close his eyes and concentrate on the sounds around us. He heard birds, wind, cars, foot steps. He held tightly to my hand, with full trust in Mommy, as I led him blindly down the path to our house.
It was a good walk. A little longer than our normal walk home, maybe, but good. Satisfying. AJ and I were reminded once again that there is so much to appreciate. So much to notice. We just have to open our eyes (or sometimes close our eyes!) to notice them.
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