The other day Finley and I were taking a short walk in the woods near our home. We often take this path to what we call, “Inspiration Point,” which has a bench and an expansive view, to eat snack. On this particular day, I had a deep sense of gratitude for this simple outing.
It all started when Finley noticed our footprints in the snow.
“Yours is big. Mine is small,” she reported.
I was hit with how fleeting childhood really is.
Thankfully, being outside together gives us space to savor the wonders of childhood.
During this walk, Finley abruptly stopped and said, “Mom, let’s lay down and look at the sky.”
So we laid our bodies on the frozen, snow-covered ground and took in the bright blue winter sky together.
It was fleeting; she is 3-years-old after all and was quickly up and off to explore a deer track.
That moment though of being totally present with her, following her joyful lead, reminded me that these types of experiences bring us closer together.
How do you connect with your kids outside? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!