For me, and I think a lot of people, being in nature brings clarity. I can head out for a hike with a blog post idea in my head, not sure how to get it started and where I want to go with it, within minutes of starting my hike it all begins to fall into place. If there are things on my mind a walk with Mother Nature can usually help me find the answer. In fact, Justin and I often have our deepest and most reflective conversations when we are in nature together. Case in point, it was on a nature walk when we made the decision to try and start a family.
My time in nature is reflective and healing, most times bringing me peace and clarity when I need it. This is but one of the many reasons I work to foster a deep connection with nature not only for myself, but for Reece. I have mentioned in previous posts how we both take a deep breath and release all worries the moment we take our first step onto the trail or into the woods. It is not something we think about, it just happens.
Lately, our nature walks have lead to some very interesting conversations which makes me so very happy. The questions he asks when we are in the company of Mother Nature astound me. Last week we stopped on the side of the trail for a little snack. We were eating away, watching the leaves, listening to the birds when this conversation began:
Reece: "Does everyone have a daddy?"
Me: At first wondering where this question came from, then quickly gathering my thoughts to give him an answer he deserved. I said, "No, everyone does not have a daddy."
He looked at me like he wanted more.
Me: "Some kids only have a mommy and no daddy. And some kids only have a daddy and no mommy."
He looked at me with big eyes and said: "Really?"
Me: "Yes, really."
I then went on to say: "And some kids have two mommies."
His eyes lite up: "Really, two mommies?"
Me: "Yes, pretty cool, eh? And some kids have two daddies."
This time a little smile: "What about boobies?"
Now I was smiling. Reece is still nursing, so this is a big concern for him.
Me: "Well there wouldn't be any boobies."
I then explained that there are some kids who don't have a mommy or a daddy. He asked who they live with, and I said they might live with their nana and papa, or their cousins, or another family who would love them as much as their mommy and daddy would.
After that, just as frankly as the conversation started, Reece decided snack time was done and it was time to hit the trail again.
I honestly have no idea where this question came from, but he obviously felt safe enough in that moment to bring it up and that makes me feel really great. I can see his relationship with this earth beginning to grow and deepen and it fills me with so much happiness because I know how much this relationship with the earth means to me and what it gives me. I can only hope he too finds clarity, peace, time to reflect and healing when he spends time in nature, today and tomorrow.