Tuesday, August 9, 2011

World of Wonder

I don't know what he will ultimately decide to do when
he grows up, but for now we encourage his curiosity
of all things insects and nature.

Also because he is interested in tackle football.
I don't trust the word tackle.

We just read this aloud again, and appreciate
it more every time we revisit Paul and his
father, world famous entomologist
(and considered the father of modern entomology) 
 Henri Fabre.
To view this book as part of a 
Beautifully Balanced Collection, click here.

Our son also L.O.V.E.s this book:
Read: The Frog Scientist.

Can't believe how cute some of these frogs are. Really.
And the book does an amazing job giving insight into the life
of a scientist, both inside the lab and out.
 But it is not for the young children - ages 11+.

I am enjoying this read.

We won't give up television, 
but he has me thinking about why my children
know more about swimming in pools
 than rivers,
 creating Lego structures than tree-houses
and can perceive the unique design of a movie theater
more than a farm.
 We make time each week to hike trails 
around our home and nearby lake,
but we can do more.

I have made peace with the frozen insects
in my freezer, reminding myself that his 
love of nature might someday save it.

The book may inspire you to take your next family vacation
somewhere devoid of parking lots and endless crowds.

 A place like this:
Photo of Tereasa Surratt's Lake Wandawega as posted on The Lettered Cottage. 

Please visit the entire story on lovely Layla's the Lettered Cottage.
It is one of the most beautiful home love stories 
I have ever read. Please just go over there now.
I won't be mad if you leave me for a few minutes.
I am super patient like that. Comes from having kids. 
And you can enter to win a copy of the book, A Very Modest Cottage.

We are blessed to live in an outdoor paradise. If you
are a Davidson (or nearby) resident, consider  
supporting the Davidson Land Conservancy
Their WOW (World of Wonder) program for families,  
a partnership with Woodlands Discovery,
is exceptional. By clicking on
the links above you can learn about upcoming
events and programs that are designed to get you 
out of the house and into the great outdoors.
New River in NC: Second oldest river in the world after the Nile.

"To trace the history of a river or a raindrop
as John Muir would have done, is also to
trace the history of the soul, the history
of the mind descending and arising in the body.
In both, we constantly seek and stumble on divinity..."
                                                                               ~ Gretel Ehrlich

The books above were discovered at our local library.

The library: naturally, diversely, organically beautiful.

What is your favorite out-in-nature memory now
or as a child?

xoxo Michele