After a long, sticky summer in the oven that is the South - we're finally getting out for a daily walk once again. Before this summer I considered myself invincible when it came to weather; rain, wind, snow - I could handle it and Finn and I would get outside every day. Having never experienced swarming mosquitos and "I-can't-quite-breathe" heat while pregnant, I must admit that our connection with nature has waned these past few months.
Fortunately Finn doesn't seem to have skipped a beat. There's nothing quite like a walk at a toddler's pace, listening to him pound his feet against the trail, vocalizing with every joyful step. Nature's gifts of new sights, sounds, textures, and smells combine with exciting physical challenges to create in my boy this unbridled glee that no playground can produce.
Reconnecting feels good. Have a great weekend, friends.
P.S. Here's a post from last Spring which lists some great resources for connecting children to nature.