I absolutely love seeing my boys experience this. So often raising them in the suburbs has more in common with city life than wide, open spaces. I confess to not having read Last Child Woods (I'm still on the library's waiting list) but I do agree with the author's premise. Being a small child amidst all this grandeur cannot be duplicated on a flat screen. I let the boys run ahead on the trail, roll down the hills and splash in the puddles. They can touch anything they want, unless it has 3 pointy leaves. I think I'll order the book, I Love Dirt! and while we're waiting for it to arrive we'll play a game of nature I Spy. Even Liam will enjoy matching his pictures to real objects on the trail. He can figure out anything if he watches Henry long enough.
|True teacher's kids--studying the trail markers|
|Liam finds the shortcut to the pond|
So.... I know I've said it about other places, but I believe this park truly has it all. The boys can swing, climb, splash, enjoy lunch at a shady table, use the restroom at a moment's notice and experience a beautiful, Midwestern ecosystem. When Henry is a little older he can even go fishing off the small pier like the big kids. He was thrilled to pieces when a boy showed him how to catch and release Blue Gill using hot dogs, some fishing line and a stick. We have a lot to look forward to but in the meantime we'll enjoy the slides and sprinklers!