There is a perfection to kids in nature.
Those times when they can soak themselves down, run around barefoot and discover unbelievable sorts of wonders – together – force us as adults to slow down a bit, let a few things go, and just let them be for a while.
We find ourselves standing back and reminiscing about how much fun we had on the beach, in the forest, in our backyard as kiddos and comfort each other with a hand on a shoulder for us all understanding at the exact same moment that we have to let our kids discover the world for themselves.
That was most definitely the vibe yesterday out at Pt. Holmes, where both NeighbourWood Walk groups (about 50 kiddos and their parents) got out on the beach during a very low tide to check out one of the natural gems of the Valley – the sea star (and so many other creature) filled Pt. Holmes “Reef.”
Whether it meets the true definition of a reef or not is debatable. But, what we all found together was a spot where discovery is inevitable and families even got to be a bit surprised as more than a few who came out learned about the rocky outcropping for the first time yesterday.
After a seriously fun morning checking out the cabillion sea stars, wondering if we would ever find sea cucumbers and finding out how surefooted we all were on the sea weed, Ken had the astute observation of the day.
“Has there ever been an argument or a fight between kids at the walks?” he asked.
I had to think for a long while.
In fact, I’ve had several moms tell me that, since their kiddos started with the walks, the difference in them is amazing.
They are more gentle, less grumpy, excited about getting outside and focusing better all over the place.
Nature is just like that. It seems that Richard Louv’s observation that nature evokes humility in people is spot on.
Good for the brain, the body and the heart.
Next week, we’re at Oyster River Nature Park. I’m really looking forward to it.
Category: KIDS, NATURE & OUR HERITAGE