Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Great Outdoors: Part Two (Rainy Skies and Mud Pies)

On the second and third camping day, huge rain clouds drenched us, and then the sun came back and restored our warmth and good cheer, over and over again. It is such a rare gift for children to be allowed, (encouraged even,) to experience the elements of nature with reckless abandon. We rode our bikes through driving rain (after having been caught in a sudden shower), and though we were all soaked to the core, everyone was in good cheer, indeed happy to feel such freedom. After a change of clothes, the kids settled back under the tarp for a cup of warm milk and cocoa. Then the sun peeked out, and they discovered the wonderful fun of tromping through mud puddles, and making gooey mud cakes. Jasper rolled and frolicked in the mud hole, just like a little pigling.

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." Kahlil Gilbran


jane said...

looks like so much fun! happy day!

Joy said...

It sure has been a wet spring this year, hasn't it? I'm glad your family is making the most of it.

gardenmama said...

Gibran is a favorite, I posted his poem about children on my Mother's day post... The rain brings joy! You can see that on the faces of these little ones in your pictures! I like that, "Freedom" the ocean brings that feeling to me as well!