This post is from 2015, but the retrospective photos date back, in at least some cases, to 1998 when our first-born was a toddler. The message still seems completely relevant. Maybe I should do a second edition, showing our boys as teens and now adults, enjoying the outdoors with the family. (Oh, and yes, I know this Friday post is on Saturday. I consider knowing what day of the week it is a triumph!)
[Apparently I'd made some kind of plan to spiff up the blog, something I do on a regular basis--make the plans, that is, not necessarily carry them through]
In keeping with my new blog plan, instead of a book review, today I'm doing a sort of a trip review...a few shots of the kids enjoying the outdoors through the years, in hopes of reminding folks that there's no gift for the kids like taking them outside. I apologize for some of the photos--many of these pre-date our digital photography, and not all the scans turned out well.
Start them right from the beginning. Remember, the kid is a science experiment. Watch and see what happens!
|Arches National Park, at 9 months|
Teach them things like scrambling early, and they will gain skill and
confidence even faster than Mom's hair turns grey with worry. Guess
what, Mom? They need to learn, and you have to deal with it!
|Joshua Tree National Park|
|Death Valley NP, CA, during the record bloom of 2005|
|Lava Beds National Monument, CA.|
|Maine at the NewYear. It made sense to us.|
If you go outdoors, maybe you can even make some new friends.
|A boy and someone else's dog--the only kind he got to experience.|
|If there's only one chair, you might get a kid on your lap.|
And, finally, the kids might even spend more time reading!
|A tent is a good place to read at the end of a long day.|