Let Them Be Wild and Free

We had our usual Sunday dinner with the family.  After dinner, little Bailey asked if we could go on the tire swing.  Landen went and got his boots on, his sign that he’s ready to go see the chickens.  So off we went out into the yard.

The tire swing is always a good time.  Who doesn’t love the feeling of flying through the air with the wind blowing across your skin!

Next we ventured into the fenced area with the birds.  They had to find some sticks to throw in the water because all children seem to have a natural love of throwing things into bodies of water, right?

Then we went in search of little chickens in the truck box.  Landen went running and sent the chickens scurrying out as fast as they could make it.  I showed Bailey the “secret nest” the birds had made in the hay bale under the tarp.  She loved that and screamed with joy, “They’re all green!”

She wanted to show Landen too.  She invited him over, “Come here, buddy, look at this!”  They had a sweet moment of picking up the little eggs and passing them back and forth before putting them all back in the nest.

Then Bailey noticed we had one full feeder and two empty ones.  She and Landen started moving the feed from the full feeder to the empty ones, one handful at a time.  It was like a Montessori hand transfer work, naturally occurring on the farm!  They must’ve stayed with it for almost five minutes.  That’s a long time for two toddlers 🙂

After the truck box, we went back up to the main coop.  Landen wanted to go into the henhouse, so he took matters into his own hands…

Bailey walked around the coop looking for the rooster who was “talking to [her].”

After our adventures in the yard, they spent almost an hour playing with the little water table I set up for them by the pool.  It was a simple set-up: a tub of water and a bunch of kitchen utensils (measuring cup, cups, ketchup squirt bottle, ladle, spoon, and measuring spoons).  They splashed each other, filled the cups, emptied the cups, moved the water between the cups, and finally Landen picked up the tub and dumped it over his head!  Him running around naked looking for his mom for a change of clothes was the perfect ending to a fun evening.  This is what childhood should be like – being wild and free, playing outside in the fresh air, getting dirty and wet and all tuckered out.  I am grateful to get to relive it, to some degree, with these little people.

 

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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