Lots going on lately that’s share-worthy. Not enough time to share it! One great moment this weekend on a Waldorf school camping trip near Mt. St. Helens that about 13 families took part in. On the hot Saturday morning 90s is super hot for here!), most of us took a hike through the wood down to a partially dry river or lake. The kids eagerly shucked their shoes and socks and waded across some shin-deep cold waters out into the muddy delta-esque flats. The adults followed, a bit less eagerly. But the kids had a great time wading, digging, and exploring. We even found a large chunk of pumice stone from the volcano that everyone was shocked to find was super light.
After an hour or so (too long for my sensitive and now sunburned shoulders despite slathering on sunscreen), we herded the kids out, had a snack, and headed back to camp for lunch. Along the way I had another of those wonderful Waldorf moments that I experienced a few years back at another Waldorf campout, that one at a friend’s farm. I found myself hiking with another father and my kids, as well as several other kids. We stopped midway back to spot newts in a tiny pond or creek. But the sense of the village parenting and camaraderie was ripe. The kids were at home with these mothers and fathers. We parents were confident our kids were safe and well tended by the group. It was a good feeling, a warm feeling, caused more by a sense of trust and belonging than the sun in the sky. It continued throughout the weekend without fail: in camp, during meals, swimming at a nearby lake, and roasting s’mores (a dangerous proposition with all those kids!).
What, you ask, does this have to do with getting a little one? Nothing, actually. That remembrance from the weekend just kind of flowed out. Call it a five minutes bonus!
But seriously, today was a momentous day. Little Moonglow, five-and-a-half, announced on our way to Sunshine’s violin lesson that she got her little one today. If you don’t recall what the heck I’m talking about, see this post from three years ago (!) when Sunshine got her own star child. Moonglow’s little one is called Shasta Daisy, or just Shasta for short. Moonglow is pretty excited!