The blue sky, the warm sun, and the green buds peeking out are breathing new life into everything! Meh-men?!
I am just so thankful. And always amazed at the healing power of light and warmth. Here’s where I could get preachy, but for a mill reasons, I’ll stop myself. Today I just have a couple random things to document.
First up, gardening. It is my imaginary hobby. I am super good at it…in my mind. It is such a fun thing to do with kids and teaches them so much…theoretically. We decided to get a little greenhouse and some seeds and have a go at it. EBug was all about it. I mean, obsessed. Checked on those seeds by the hour to see if anything had sprouted. Thankfully, it only took a day or two before some green started to peek through.
Then the time came to transfer our green babies to a pot. Poor guys have not faired so well in the pot. The kids love the digging aspect of gardening…Those plants don’t have a chance. Probably should have just gotten the kids a sandbox. But we plan to carry on and see what happens.
Brother Bear got to experience “duh”s first hand, and he about had a heart attack of happiness. Watching him chase them around screeching, “Duh! Duh!” was hilarious.
Meanwhile, EBug and her friends ran bases! My friend, Erin, had the idea to just put out some bases and let them run in circles. Genius.
Which brings us to the life lesson portion of the program.There was also a bright, orange soccer ball involved with this picnic. E’s good friend had brought it, and E wasted no time swiping it and playing with it endlessly. Her friend, M, was happy to share and did not seem to mind the swiping.
But E was a little too close to the water with the ball and:I’m really glad it wasn’t a kid that fell in. (Which we were being super careful about. Having them stay yards away from the water). But sure enough, the ball was not retrievable.
She apologized to her friend, and we made plans later that day for how we would make it right. E and I had a really great conversation about it all. I was proud of the way she wanted M to be happy and not sad, and she was very excited to go to the store and get him a new soccer ball.
We gave him the replacement today, and it was super sweet to see their little friendship restored. This is such a tiny thing, but I think it’s in those tiny teachable moments that I see her begin to process her experiences and think more about others.
So, Sunshine, keep up the good work. It’s exciting to see little plants and little friendships grow.