Last Friday I was antsy. I didn't want to stay indoors a second longer. Impatiently I waited for nap time to end. I hurried the children through their lunch, and piled them into the van.
We drove to the library and Keith immediatly found the Children's Reference helper and asked for help finding his book. The man remembered Keith from the many other visits and identical demantds and took him right to his books. The Human Body and Brain Surgery For Beginners. I wandered around as Faye went straight for the board books. I eventually found what I was looking for, and books in hand, we scrambnled back into the van.
We drove up into the mountains and finally I felt free of that antsy feeling. We found a beautiful little hike, easy enough for Faye, and set out to drink in the colors, smells and sounds.
We gathered speckled leaves, half changed leaves, and fully changed leaves, saving them in my bag for later. Keith also gathered sticks. I made him carry those, and the rocks he wanted to keep. Eventually we came to a stream and I watched as they utilized the summery weather.
When they were both sufficiently caked in mud and dust, they decided it was time to go home.
After dinner, I pulled our leaf collection out, along with the books I had gotten from the Library. We compared specimen, tested the bouyancy of each leaf, and are still planning on taking leaf rubbings.
I have to say, as far as I don't like antsy days, that one became a favorite. Something has got to be said for bordem being the necessity of outing!
But the best part of the whole day was while we were hiking. Faye began to grow tired and Keith, the amazing brother that he is, knelt down in the dirt and said "Get on Faye." She climbed onto his shoulders (with me helping to steady her) and they walked that way. Keith carrying Faye on his shoulders for a big part of the hike. He wanted to carry her all the way back, too, but I decided against it since she was twice as dirty as he.
We may have learned a lot about leaves that day, but Keith taught me a much more important lesson on brotherly love. One I doubt I will ever forget.