Something I will never take for granted about where I live is the ability to experience all four seasons, but there is still something about fall that resonates with my soul. The beauty of nature visually transforming every day carries a feeling of change, reflection and subtle sense of slowing down. The busy summer lifestyle slowly yields itself to quieter days and longer nights, yet this shift doesn’t come without a bittersweet feeling of another summer come and gone. In a city buzzing with young families, tourists and outdoor lovers I’ve never been one to flock to busy parks, stuffy indoor play centers or jam packed beaches as a mom. I prefer open fields, peaceful ponds, or hushed mountain trails when it comes to spending a day outdoors with my son.
I was raised to appreciate the restoring tranquility of nature and I hope to instill that quality in my son, in a world flooded with constant stimulation and technology. I make it a priority to surround him with the stillness of nature, where his imagination is free to become the only distraction. So when fall sets in and beach bags gets tucked away for most families, we capitalize on the empty sandy beaches and uninhabited spaces. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a child organically interacting with nature, where their mind is clear and their imagination free to roam.
“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry