We often go for walks around our neighborhood. We have a special name for these walks. We call them exploring walks. On our walk, we take a bag or 2 and fill it up with all kinds of treasures we find along the way: rocks, pretty leaves, acorns, bugs, twigs and branches, flowers or anything else that might strike our fancy. It helps them to give the walk a purpose, and we can share our finds with Daddy when he gets home.
Today our exploring walk had a special focus: leaf collecting. We set out to gather leaves to use as decorations for Thanksgiving. (which you can see here) James and William thought this was great and began to fill up their bags at the first tree. But, they quickly got distracted. We came upon a construction site. So our nice, quiet autumn walk became a long, loud stop to watch the tractors dig adventure.
I finally tore them away and we continued. We were looking for a tree that had red leaves. We found one pretty quickly. But as I was gathering leaves the boys found sticks. Now leaf collecting was completely uninteresting. Soon those sticks were hitting every tree in site, being poked into bushes and holes in the ground, sword fighting, and most fun of all, running along all the fences.
The funny thing about sticks is that when James was 2 I never let him play with them. "You'll poke your eye out" and all those reasons were foremost on my mind and lips. But now I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old and they play with sticks. All the time. What is it about sticks anyway? Why are they so great? I do know that they find them on every walk and they are always greatly entertaining. I am beginning to realize that I have to let them do some things that are dangerous. But in a safe way. If I never let them climb trees, or jump from high places or sword fight with sticks, I'll be robbing them of some essential parts of their boyhood. I don't get all of this mommy of boys stuff, but I am learning.
So I've given up on the whole "don't play with sticks" thing. And all eyes are still unpoked. At least for right now.