“We flood our minds with words! They mesmerize and manipulate us, masking the truth even when its set down squarely in front of us. To discover the underlying reality, I’ve learned to listen only to the action.” (Judith M. Knowlton)
The other day we went to Ft. Vancouver with Jamie’s preschool class and it was a blast! They did so well sitting through the explanations, the labels, and the teaching….but to see them hit that open field….WOW! I am fascinated by kids’ ability to live in the moment when they come across such an empty canvas. There was no question as to what they were going to do. They ran, jumped, fell, spun, screamed, laughed and not one of them thought it through first. We got them to sit still for a second while I tried to get a shot of all of them in a line…but then the lesson came….Why are you trying to hold them down…let them be free? “O.K. now jump! 1,2,3…jump.” Of course they weren’t going to be able to do it together:) So I just kept telling them over and over and they painted the most beautiful picture before my very eyes….I call it “Jumping for Joy”. This is what joy looks like to a 5 year old:)
And these pictures were taken in one of the preserved houses in the fort. The first thing I thought of was how much we have complicated so much about our lives. Yes, we have better science now and faster ways of doing things and everything is so far advanced….but there is just something in me that craves simplicity right now. My medicine cabinet is starting to look a lot more like this instead of little brown bottles that have Mr. Yucks all over them.
And I hope that my kitchen continues to get more and more simplified as I weed through new thought patterns about what real food is and what our bodies crave. Keeping out the boxes of processed habits, and bringing in more glass containers that hold true nourishment for my healthy body! The kitchen tools that I have accumulated and love however, will not be looking more like the kitchens of the 1800’s;) I love my Pampered chef items and my electric stove. I’ll save the brick ovens for the pizzerias is the area.
I can’t believe I have never been to the Fort until now! There were so many pic opportunities, my mind was on overload! Oh, and the kids had a blast too;)
And you know we just had to see a heart appear on such a wonderful day filled with love. Jamie wanted to make sure that I was getting it in the shot….yep, I got it Jame:) lol
Speaking of wetting my pants… I told Jamie to show the girls what you are suppose to do in a outhouse that they were turning into a girls fort vs. a boys fort. Apparently, they had never been in one…but, Jame was all over it! He even got into the ‘Thinker’ pose and taught some boys how to execute the look once they came into the boy’s side:)
I’d say all in all, it was a perfectly, perfect day that I LOVED spending with my little man!
Now go find a field and just run. Run if its sunny. Run if it’s rainy….just go run and throw your hands up in the air and laugh. Just see what happens….I’m guessing you’ll find JOY in the simple excercise!