Better Than the Plan

The plan:

  • eat breakfast
  • do a major, group-effort clean up in the basement/boys’ bedroom
  • wash and hang laundry
  • eat lunch
  • attack some other very messy places in the house

What really happened:

  • ate breakfast
  • walked to maple forest
  • had drink and snack
  • came home so Mommy could pee, get her camera, and pack a lunch
  • washed laundry
  • returned to maple forest
  • ate picnic lunch
  • worked on stick shelter that somebody else built
  • pretended we didn’t live in a city
  • snipped away at rag quilt
  • hung laundry

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It was nice today to not hear the constant reverse-warning beep of the heavy equipment that has been bulldozing near our house all week.  The morning air was cool, the sun was shining, and after I convinced the boys to get past the pig-farm odor filling the air, we took a nice walk back on the trails after a long time of not doing so.  The bugs were too bad over the summer.  Noah was on my back in a sling and the others all made it through some dense tangles of plants with high spirits.

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It was just too beautiful being back there that we had to spend more of the day there.  We returned across the newly bulldozed field, which was a lot faster, easier, and less scenic.  But we determined that we’d be able to push the jogger across it to go back, loaded with supplies.

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Here is the stick fort that we spent most of our time at.  The boys worked hard at adding to the walls and beginning construction on a new “room”. 

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(Don’t worry, he knows not to eat them!)

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After lunch Noah and I had a tiny rest on the picnic blanket.  It was tiny indeed, since Noah quickly decided he was a kitten and I think he was rabid.

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Instead we worked on snipping away at the rag quilt that I am trying to get finished so I can start on some other projects. 

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Jaska had a good day, too.  

The weather under the beeches and maples was perfect – shady and cool.  The trek home across the sun-baked, bulldozed field was a little depressing.  My little fantasy life – living in the forest, watching my wood dwelling sons be inspired by nature – was over.  Back to the suburbs.  Oh well.  Now that we know the bugs are gone (mostly) we can get out there more often.  I wish my own energy levels were higher these days, but the whole thing really tired me out.  But it was so worth it seeing my boys – something is revived in them when they get in “the bush”.  Something is revived in me.  Even in a little clump of maples hedged in my encroaching suburban development on one side, a golf course on the other.  How much more when we really get back in the bush?!

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3 Responses to Better Than the Plan

  1. heather says:

    i remember making forts like that with you and sam in the woods near your house…… one day in particular i remember spending an entire day back there…. i can’t wait until you move back to the TB area…….. you’ll be a mere 6 1/2 hr. drive away and then our kids can have adventures together too….

  2. Paisley says:

    seems like an awesome day. hope Noah recovered ok from him rabies! I’m still laughing at the mental picture of Noah as a rapid kitten bugging you while you’re trying to nap!!

  3. Lisa in Ontario says:

    I guess I can see why you miss T-Bay so much! Sounds like a nice place to escape to in the meantime.

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