When I look forward twenty years, one of the things I hope to have passed on to Reece is a deep connection and love, with and for nature. Our time together exploring in the woods is so very special to me, and while I pass on my love of nature, I am continually surprised at the things he brings to my attention, and in turn, teaches me while we are out there.
Every Wednesday in our home is nature adventure day. Sometimes we head into the woods with friends; hiking, climbing trees, looking at fairy houses, feeding birds and exploring together. Other times it is just Reece and I, finding our way through the tall trees, often hand in hand, deepening our connection not only to nature, but to each other. These days are so soul filling for me, and although Reece doesn't explain it that way, I can tell by the smile on his face and the look in his eyes, that it is the same for him.
Yesterday we headed to the trail by my parents place, a trail I spent many hours exploring as a child. On Sunday, after Easter dinner my parents, my brother and his family and Justin, Reece and I enjoyed a lovely walk on the same trail, and while walking and chatting I spied some wild ramps. With that spy I knew exactly where Reece and I were headed on our nature walk this week.
While the ramps are not totally ready for harvesting, we did harvest just enough for dinner last night, and I brought home a few trout lily leaves to enjoy in a salad today. We also spotted some fiddle heads just starting to peek through the ground. It is an exciting time in the woods right now, so much is coming to life and yesterday my little man and I witnessed it first hand. We carefully walked so we didn't trample any plants, we gingerly removed leaves from the wild ramps and trout lilies and we offered our gratitude, both to the plants and the earth, for the wonderful food it provided for us.
I am reminded, on days like yesterday, that I often receive so much more from nature than I give, more than I can possibly repay. So my hope is that I might instill in my little man, both love and gratitude for this beautiful planet we call home, and that one day he might share this same love and gratitude with someone in his life.
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