I Give Credit to the Tulips, the Woods, the Words

The Tulips In My Back Yard

My husband and I still like each other.

We have had a lot of togetherness. A lot of uncertainty. A roller coaster of emotions.

Tulips take my husband outside.  He tends the garden. The brown, rich earth is his medium. He disappears in the beauty of creation.  He returns with a smile.

Tulips allow us some separation and space.

The garden helps us stay friends and our marriage stay healthy.

I give credit to the Tulips in our back yard.  A sign of Spring.  A sign of Renewal.  A sign of Hope.

 

 

My Neck Of The Woods

We are allowed to go for walks in our neighbourhood.  We are encouraged to exercise.  

I am very grateful.  I am aware many people on our planet do not have this privilege.

We have access to a forest and farms nearby. 

We move one foot in front of the other.  We are aware how time marches on. 

Today’s present moment is more important than the past or the future. 

I give credit to the Woods. Tranquil moments in nature replenish my soul.

 

Beautiful Words

I have many words that enter my life every day. 

Words entertain me.  They teach me.  

Words comfort me. They sustain me.

The words seep into my pores.

I give credit to the Words.  Words forever change me.

 

Grateful For My Life

Today I am healthy.  I live in a tranquil, beautiful part of the world.

Today’s present moment is all I truly have.

I give credit to the Tulips, the Woods, and especially the Words.

 

 

 

What do you do to stay mentally and physically healthy?

         

Postscript:

I have mentioned before how I learn something new from every single post I read.

Please continue writing, sharing and connecting. You will not always know when you have made a difference in someone’s life.

A Few Recent Words:         

  • Lisa Dorenfest: “…life has prepared me for this moment….”   “…visualizing what I want my life to look like post-pandemic.” Since I read these insightful words, I also have been “visualizing what I want my life to look like post-pandemic.”   Thank you for your wisdom, Lisa.  Lisa Dorenfest
  • Lauren Baydreamer  Exceptionally creative words capturing the mood and emotions of our present time.  I am left with goosebumps long after reading this powerful palindrome poetry.  “The Virus”
  • Natalie Natalie the Explorer  Shares a post each week where she focuses on “Every day is full of simple pleasures that make me feel positive and grateful.” “During these uncertain times, I choose to focus on the positives, work on finding a balance in my day, be flexible, and stay strong.” Natalie, your words help me focus on the beauty of my surroundings.  You are an inspiration.
  • Leanne Cresting The Hill  Marie Kondo’s books refer to items and a life that sparks joy. Leanne’s words and her message resonated with me: “…it’s okay to not fill every waking moment with something meaningful.” “Doing less sparks a lot of joy for me.”  
  • Joanne And Anyways…  Home schooling is a challenge for many right now.  Joanne shared a meme that continues to make me smile.  “It might take a village to raise a child, but it takes a vineyard to home-school one.”
  • Sue Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond  Shared a game she plays online with her six-year-old grandson, Ethan. They find five things starting with a letter of the day.  Ethan writes it down, takes a photo of it and shares it with Sue.  I began doing this last week with six-year-old Sadie.  She loves this game!  Thank you, Sue.  You always make a difference in my week.
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia, informs calmly and clearly about COVID-19:   

This is not forever. This is just for now. Let’s all be kind, be calm, and stay safe.”

 

If This Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right

I feel pangs of guilt.  

Am I a terrible Mother and Grandmother?

Family Day

When our two daughters were very young, Sunday was always Family Day for us.  Nowadays, the kids call it Sunday/Fun Day.  Same day.  New name.

We carved out Sundays as a day we would spend together as a family.  We would go swimming, cross-country skiing, or hiking, depending on the season and the weather.

We would often take our girls on long Trail Hikes.  Nowadays, we call it Forest Bathing.  Same walk.  New name.

  • We would have fun, relaxed family time.
  • They would learn to appreciate nature.
  • We would all get some exercise and fresh air.
  • The goal was simply to be together.

 

Hiking With Very Young Children

It all sounds like a great idea.

For the first fifteen minutes.

How do you keep young children walking on a long hike, having fun, with minimal complaining?

My husband and I can only carry a thirty to fifty pound child for a short period of time.  We want to tire them out, not tire us out.

One Sunday, a spur of the moment decision resulted in the

               Birth Of A New Adventure! 

We Will Search For Licorice Trees 

Thirty-five years ago I packed some licorice candy strings along with healthy snacks in my knapsack for one of our hikes.

I began to discretely hang licorice strings further ahead on our path.  I did have an accomplice to distract the girls and keep an eye on them.  My complicit husband.

Finding the licorice trees did energize the girls and now they were running along the path.  They would squeal with delight when they found licorice strings hanging on a tree branch. 

              Long hikes became a lot more fun for the entire family.

 

Fast Forward Three Decades

My two daughters were recently reminiscing about our Sunday adventures when they were young girls.  They began giggling about the licorice trees.

I found out they believed for many years afterwards, licorice strings grew on trees.

A fleeting pang of guilt.  Am I a terrible Mother?

 

Last Sunday, A Funday

My husband and I took our two granddaughters for a hike last Sunday to a pretty area called the Kinsol Trestle.

I told four-year-old, Abby, and six-year-old, Sadie, to keep a lookout for licorice trees and licorice strings. 

They both gave me a puzzled, curious look. 

Sadie brought up a good point.  They had no idea what to look for?

Until they came across rainbow-coloured licorice strings hanging over a tree branch.

 

The Rest Of The Afternoon

Sadie and Abby searched high and low for this rare treasure growing in the forest.  For the rest of the afternoon there was no stopping the two of them.

We finally had to insist we turn around and head back to our vehicle.

Promises were made to return in the Spring to continue looking for this tasty treat. 

Our granddaughters did not question the existence of licorice trees.  They looked up at me with trusting eyes.

Is this wrong?  Have I gone too far?

A fleeting pang of guilt.  Am I a terrible Grandmother?

 

Perpetuating The Myths

Licorice trees belong in the category of the Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.  Fictitious, imaginary characters and fantasy brought to life by adults. 

I do have fleeting pangs of guilt when I bring these stories alive.

I also hear the squeals of laughter as Sadie and Abby run along the trail.  I see the joy and delight in their eyes when they find the licorice strings.    

My husband and I share a secret, knowing smile.  A moment in life where we are in this together.

                  Sharing memories.  Creating memories.

At The End Of The Day

We return Sadie and Abby to their parents late Sunday afternoon. 

They were bubbling over with excitement sharing the adventures of their day.  They also shared their bag of licorice strings with their Mom and Dad.

As we were leaving, Sadie yells out, “The Best Day Ever!”

                              

If This Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right 

Sadie and Abby will eventually find out the truth about the licorice trees.  I suspect they will giggle when they reminisce about their Sunday/Funday adventures.  

Three decades from now they may take their own children on a forest hike looking for licorice strings.  They may want to share the joy and delight of a new adventure.

They may want to spend a fun, relaxed Sunday, simply spending time together.

                              “The Best Day Ever!”

 

 

Have you played games to make long hikes fun for children?

Did you believe in imaginary characters when you were a child?

 

Postscript: 

About the Kinsol Trestle:  The Kinsol Trestle is also known as the Koksilah River Trestle.  It is one of the highest wooden railway trestles in the world. It provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River. (Weblink)

Your visit:  If you come onto The Island  Vancouver Island Link   and visit the Kinsol Trestle, be on the lookout for licorice trees.  Please keep the rainbow-coloured licorice strings our little secret. These trees are very rare and we hope to find some licorice strings in the Spring on our next Trail Hike. 

Warning:  We make sure the girls do not touch anything or put anything in their mouths they find in the forest unless their parents or grandparents have given their approval.  They have received strict warnings in the past to not touch any mushrooms.  We do have poisonous mushrooms on The Island.

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