Last week, (or was it the week before?) I settled down on the couch with my kids to read Time of Wonder, long one of our favorite books. Just as fall brings a big storm in the story, we had only days before experienced our own big storm, so it seemed an appropriate and timely read that morning.
A tiny fleet of acorn top boats with paper sails was created and then set on the mantle, waiting for the perfect day to take them sailing. I think these little sailboats could be inspired by Time of Wonder as well.
The word “spring” when used in reference to a spot where groundwater bubbles to the surface brings to mind the image of lovely clear water for me. But, that isn’t the case for our spring. It’s actually kind of nasty. But that hasn’t stopped it from being a favorite destination for our family for many years now.
A few were saved, but the majority of our fleet floated across the spring. While the big kids contemplated the best way to rescue the boats, Beatrix tested her shoes “To see how waterproof they were.”
Before we could stop her (not that we really tried,) she was bounding in and out of the water and splashing the murk and mud everywhere. We all screamed and cried that we had to save the boats while at the same time becoming more concerned with our clothes! Trudy is not very aware of where her body is in space when she is excitedly running around, and we knew that she was going to collide with us and cover us with smelly creek mud.