Moneca took her students for a walk the next day. They saw the gumweed and she was very excited about being able to tell them about the qualities and properties of this herb. She had them touch the sticky flower buds to give them a sensual experience about where its name comes from.
Isn’t that great? When we know about a herb, then we have a friend when we see it the next time, we have a connection. To pass this on to others and allow them to establish a connection also, that is something very joyful.
Mardjan and her mother sent us some wonderful pictures which they took during our walk. One of them, showing Harpoon Rock, you see on top.
Chris had taken his granddaughter Kaylin to the tide pools the next day. This is what he wrote:
Thanks so much for your nature excursion on Wednesday-- very thoughtful material.
Inspired, I took my granddaughter to see the tide pools the next day, and wrote a poem about that experience. In case you'd like to have it, I've copied it below.
Tide Pools (July 26, 2013)
The tide pools are beyond the Chinese Cemetery.
My granddaughter doesn’t like “walking on dead people”
is nervous of climbing down rough volcanic rock,
puzzled when I tell her about Harpoon Rock, a fisher
changed into stone by The Transformer, a friendly god.
But as the first pool is shaken by a flicker of movement,
she’s engaged, asks “What did that?”
The flicker again, the pool shaken by a force
we can’t see. Then stillness, and heat. Then
suddenly seeing the myriad movements:
hermit crabs scuttle out from jungles of rockweed,
bigger crabs battle over a piece of flesh,
tiny green anemones curl up at the approach of a finger.
Kaylin loves the snails, invisible life
in tiny spiral casings, wants a rock with a snail attached.
As we put the rock in a plastic bowl,
a shell attached to it also starts to move.
and this child, floating in a sea
of constant desires and wants and must haves,
is startled into stillness by this tiny world
in which everything, even the rocks themselves, might move.
I was deeply moved and grateful. Reading that poem is like being right there on the rocks with them and experiencing the joyful sparkle in Kaylin’s eyes. Chris’ email is firstname.lastname@example.org . So in case you would like to share any kind of comment with him, you are welcome to send him an email.
I am looking forward to seeing you at another nature walk to discover other miracles and wonders.
All the best,
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