End

Today marks the end of another season of summer camps which is always bittersweet. Daily visits to this spot will fade into weekly visits.. and as the seasons change I will find myself missing all the children from summer. I will gaze longingly into these waters waiting for the next opportunity to drench myself in games and laughter and catch the light of the sun upon my skin. I am thankful beyond words for the children who teach me and brighten my life. I am thankful for the way the river shows up day in and day out to teach me and brighten my life. I am thankful for the earth that shows up day in and day out as my greatest teacher. But, for now, I'm looking forward to sleeping in and the rest that comes. Here's to another - THE BEST EVER - summer!

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Above

This above all, To thine own self be true.

~ William Shakespeare 

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Over

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.

~ Mark Twain

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What do you hear?

Though you see a completely peaceful spot - possibly my favorite spot - on this river there are eleven 4 year olds running around exploring and playing and teaching me new ways to see this special place. Tomorrow I suspect our splash wars will be even bigger..

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Upstream

Releasing and flowing. Learning and growing.

Today I sat in this very spot with three other children. We watched a king snake slither into the water, wondered at freshly hatched snake eggs, built fairy houses out of drift wood, talked about how awesome turtles are, and marveled at a doe for making her way towards the river across from us. We gazed at red shouldered Hawks soaring in the air, listened to the chickadees calling, watched cardinals dash to and from over the river.

This water is filled with life and it continues to flow...

My heart is over flowing from the joy I get in spending my days on the earth with other children. (I'm unwilling to admit I am grown)

There is so much yet to be learned.

There is so much to be marveled at.

There is just so much to love.