We often think that enjoying nature with children takes work and effort, and sometimes it does. What I’ve discovered though as a mother, is that simple nature moments with my children can occur every day in the most unusual of places. Sometimes I’m looking for nature opportunities, but more often than not, my daughters find them for me and invite me to join in. It is these spontaneous moments of outdoor delight that seem to be amongst the most joyful memories in my collection of motherhood.
Several years ago when my girls were barely past my knee, we walked through a wet and moonlit Pier 1 parking lot on our way to the car. I jotted a verse of what happened next in my journal before I went to bed that night. Here it is.
They skipped across puddles in purple boots,
smiling as wide as the moon.
“Come splash with us,” the little one trilled
to the beat of her happy tune.
And so I did, leather shoes and all
until I was dancing too~
exchanging at least 29 of my years
for some merriment long overdue.