I have a secret…

“Forest Tent” felt-tip pen on marker paper

Yesterday was ones of those cold crisp bright sunny days when your back is hot and your face is cold.  My children are just starting to be able to play in the backyard by themselves with lots of rules and of course I check on them constantly.  Their favorite thing lately is to play in “the forest” which is a small patch of woods with some lower broad trees that are perfect for climbing and creating an imaginary world.

When I go in the woods my reality too is altered.  No wonder so many popular fantasy stories have forest settings. 

My daughter wanted some help building a hut out of rocks, sticks, & mud.  Luckily we had not gotten to the mud part of the project before we realized it was going to be too small even for the smallest of us.  Phew!  Plan B…  I went and got the tent from the basement and in about 5 minutes we had a hut in the forest.  I spread out a sleeping bag inside and my daughter brought some supplies.  I went inside for a few minutes and when I came back to check on them they were bundled in their winter coats inside the tent and my daughter was reading a book to her brother.  It was so perfect!

It is moments like this that I realize there is nothing more I want in life than what I have.  Don’t tell anyone but I am so rich.  

Ann

I'm a practical mom inspired by nature & I enjoy sharing ideas that encourage kids' innate curiosity & creativity. Interested in subscribing? Check out the blue box at the top of my sidebar. I'm also a wannabe author/illustrator & product designer by day. Let's connect! doodlesandjots@hotmail.com. If you purchase through my Amazon links I get a small commission at no additional cost to you (thanks for supporting Doodles and Jots)! And remember to always credit your source here & elsewhere on the internet.

8 comments

  1. JUST LOVED THIS POST. THANKS FOR THE WORD PICTURE YOU CREATED (ESPECIALLY THE WAY YOU ENDED IT) AS WELL AS THE COOL PICTURE PICTURE.
    YOUR SECRET IS SAFE WITH ME.

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