We interrupt our regularly planned homeschooling to bring you this spontaneous nature craft.
These children (and this boy in particular) never cease to amaze me. While I was getting dinner ready last night I saw Lupine running here and there with great armloads of dandelions. Sage kept coming into view, high in our crab apple tree, dropping blossoms and branches to the ground below. Climbing, gathering, trimming, and arranging they worked for most of an hour. Lupine was in charge of pulling petals and needles from branches while Sage laid out the blossoms and twigs. And then I was led (blindfolded) to see what they had created. A stunning nature mandala displayed on the front lawn, complete with a candle for night-viewing.
I think so. For what it is and for what it represents. Because their joy is found in blossoms and branches; because the hour before dinner was spent out in the breezes and sunshine; because there is no video game or other screen occupying their unstructured time. Just pink and yellow flowers.
I love who they are, how they play, and how they see the world. And this mandala was a little window into my boy's heart.
Wishing you a day filled with beauty and creativity – where you least expect it.