Saturday, June 8, 2013

Open Spaces...

"Open Spaces" is the name of the local elementary school's fourth grade project to get the kids out in the fresh air, on town-owned land, doing things like marking and clearing trails. It's a little bit of civic duty, a little bit PE, and a lot of fun. I've helped out on occasion when they needed someone to haul lumber or run a chainsaw, and earlier today they had a town-wide celebration at the newly opened water tower. It's set in the woods on town-owned land that the fourth grade did some of their Open Space work, and everyone was invited for the grand opening of the trails.

Naturally, Baby Girl G. made it about a quarter of the way in before she got waylaid:


That's a drainage area/manmade pond that has tadpoles and water bugs. She - and a good number of her classmates - was unable to tear herself away. At least she got her speech made and tours given before she decided to become the muddiest little girl in town. I was gratified to see a large number of my Cub Scouts there, especially the ones remembering their "Leave no Trace" rules...

I spent the first hour or so of the event setting up and then directing traffic, conveniently missing the speechifying by local officials. Stayed until the very end (couldn't help it, they had our canopy hostage...) and  got home for lunch a short while ago. Exhausting, but satisfying - it's great to see kids just out playing in the woods, getting dirty, and having a great time.

Now, it's off to hack down the lawn...

That is all.

5 comments:

Old NFO said...

Thankfully you DO let the kids play in the mud! Their doctors will thank you later in life! And kudos to them for actually helping clean up the area!

Bubblehead Les. said...

I recommend a Kukri for lawn hacking... ; )

threecollie said...

Wow, that is simply wonderful and all too rare.

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

Reminds me of a terrific book that is a must read for parents of today's kids...

"Last Child in the Woods"... great read about what our society has mostly lost...

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Child-Woods-Children-Nature-Deficit/dp/156512605X

Dann in Ohio

GreyLocke said...

Now that school is out, the kids and I are going to be doing some mud walking in the bay during low tide. We did it last year and they thought it was amazing that clams buried themselves.