It's been fun to see the kids play in the mud. Since the flooding we had a few weeks ago, there has been plenty of it. You may remember this picture.
The kids are pictured playing in the right side of where this pond had formed. At first I didn't want them anywhere near it. Several pairs of shoes were destroyed and countless outfits washed. Then I was inspired by Lise, whose blog In the Purple House started showing how she encourages the children she babysits and her own daughter to explore in the same way. I had a bit of a lightbulb moment, when I realized that all this time I've been encouraging my kids to explore nature and at the same time don't want them to get dirty. Really silly.
My daughter informed me that they were playing with the mud and creating things that were good for the earth. She couldn't be any more correct. By allowing the kids to explore their world and create a true love of nature, I'm growing children that will grow up to protect our earth. They will be empowered to stand up for the environment. I couldn't be more proud of them.
In other news, my blueberry bushes are starting to come back. This one is hard to see, but it is leafing out. Not all of them are doing so, but they look healthy all the same. Since they are still sitting in quite a bit of mud, I'm having a hard time getting too close, but I have hope that they at least aren't all dead.