Yesterday my granddaughter Devon and I went out to Paula and Barry’s farm. Going there is always a treat, and Paula and Barry, always make it special for the kids. I have always believed that all children should live on a farm ( my deepest wish as a child) surrounded by Gods beauty in open fields, and creatures both wild and domestic.
Visiting the farm means that the kids get to run and explore, jump on the trampoline (Barry is a very good sport and jumped with them last time), climb into the treehouse, and have Butters, the resident golden retriever, accompany them to the pond.
This visit, Butters waded into the pond and gently brought this big toad out as a gift for Devon, who was very happy to put him in a plastic container and bring him home. Later, after Papa and Uncle Joe had admired the toad and her mommy got a chance to enjoy the fact it was not going to her house, Devon let it go in the long grass behind our deck. Big toad will find lots of bugs out there and probably another toad or two.
Getting out into the country is a healing thing for us under pressure, in a hurry people. It is a place where you can take a deep breath and not feel like there are a thousand more things you should be doing ( sorry Paula, I know you have those thousand more things..even with living on the farm) . Even though I was there to bring illustrations for our re-do of our website (get ready..it is coming soon!) it never feels like work to go there.
It is the end of spring and the start of summer. School is out tomorrow here in Colorado, and the kids may have more time to hunt for toads, swing on swings and take walks. I am hoping for a summer of some of those “lazy days” they talk about. Other summers have passed too quickly with too much activity and not enough gently thankful days.
Paula and I have gotten our invitation for the 4th and 5th of June to take our books to Ft. Carson and give them to the preschoolers there. We can’t wait! Yes, I know that is not filed under “lazy days” but that is a special high activity blessing!
Hope your spring is off to a good start and things are hopping!