June 16, 2011 at 6:00 am
I like putting Creek on the chalkboard. Mostly because I love watching my kids’ heads explode with excitement and anticipation.
My kids love visiting the creek … they happily pack up their backpacks full of nature guides, magnifying glasses, binoculars, notebooks, jars … you know, for specimens.
I used to bring a lot of gear too — hand sanitizer, wipes, first aid kit, flares, antivenom …
That is a slight exaggeration, although this week we did see a snake! And a toad.
I have scaled back a bit. I bring a big bottle of water. I leave the first-aid kit in the car.
Mostly I just follow my kids to this happy place, where there is always something new. The creek is kind of like an old friend now who we go visit.
As in, “Seriously? Who threw a beer can in our friend?”
But fishing out what doesn’t belong and checking in with what does helps us all connect to nature, and disconnect from all the other stuff. Like phones, computers, television …
There’s really not much you need to spend a day at the creek.
And “Don’t worry everybody!” Ellery told us. “I packed cherries if we need a snack.”
I love putting Creek on the chalkboard.