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Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Rowan and I took a walk around the yard yesterday afternoon to bid all of our haunts a peaceful winter's rest. She wished her rowan tree a good sleep. Said good night to Peter Rabbit (yes, rabbits don't hibernate, but...)~ well, his hole, since we have never *seen* the rabbit, but Ro has decided that is where he lives. Walked to the lakeshore and waved at the few remaining ducks and then to our neighbour's beach, where she hugged the tiny trees (now wrapped in burlap)and told them 'see you in the sping!'.

She was quite concerned about the 'nakey' trees and felt strongly that we should put their leaves back on. I tried my best to explain that the leaves have died and will go into the ground, and new ones will come in the spring (we looked at some buds). She seemed to accept this answer until we walked past the towering fir in the churchyard next door when she started to struggle to say something (I thought she was remembering our games of 'Pop Goes the Weasel' around its base)~ sometimes her brain goes faster than her words can form these days~ and she finally blurted 'Look at that tree! Somebody put the leaves back on it!'. Which began another round of explanations about evergreens!

It is wonderful to have a child to lad us back to wonder and the beauty of the simple things like the round of the seasons and the amazing regenerative cycles of nature.


Georganne said...

Looks great, Mama! and my 2 yo says, "Spwing", he he he

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