My daughter Aurora wanted me to go outside with her and check on her tent. We slept outside the night before, her tent was still set up and it was raining. I started to put on my puddle jumpers and she said, “Don’t wear your boots, let’s go barefoot so we can feel the life.” So we walked outside without our shoes, it was a bit cold, a lot wet, sometimes pokey—sticks, other times soft—moss and then even wetter—tall ferns. The yard was gray, misty, and green, green, green. After many days of no rain you could see how much the plants and trees were enjoying a good drink. You could almost hear them gulping.
This morning’s experience made me want to spend more time outdoors with Stephen and Aurora. It was fun to squish around in the yard, feeling the different textures. I started to think of ways we could incorporate all the senses into these explorations. We could take a walk where we take turns being blindfolded and being the leader, that could help heighten senses other than sight, the one we rely so much on. We could crawl on our hands and knees, getting our hands and sense of touch involved and our nose would be closer to the ground which would get our sense of smell into the experience. If I can find edible plants while walking we could even a sense of taste to the exploration. So next time Aurora wants to go out and “feel the life”, I think I’ll add let’s also go hear the life, smell the life and taste the life. Let us know if you have ideas for explorations or personal experiences you would like to share.
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