I have been mulling over for ages the practise of living simply. How in reality it pans out. That the focus of my mind and my attitudes are not purely consumeristic and about stuff.
In our home I have always been the one who likes the little quirky things that I considered made a home and not a show home; if they’ve a story behind them, much the better! But of recent I have found myself holding even those things more loosely.
For family the simple choices invade the everyday…choices to be made in what our children do with their time; how they need to be entertained and the amount of ‘stuff’ they have at their fingertips to choose from. Sometimes they have too much choice.
Sometimes it is simplicity in its most basic form to say…grab a coat, a pair of wellies and a hat – let’s go.
To take nothing else and to let them play; play with nature…the greatest playground as is said.
So the forest it is…free, easy and healthy. And if you don’t have a forest at hand, find a local park and avoid the playground! Walk in the wet grass, collect leaves and treasures and find bugs. Stand back and watch how they play, what they choose and where they walk without your instruction; allow them freedom and fresh air and cheeks that go pink.
Tick it off as one simple choice and then look for others…and if you think of any let me know!
Abi || You strode ahead with your dad…full of conversation and giggles. You love the forest and the chance to get a one on one, even in the midst of all of us. You and your dad are so similar in so many ways, I love watching the two of you together.
Annie || You stuck with me…watch me jump, look at what this does, look at the tree. The chat was constant and you took photo after photo of Millie. We talked about good photos and signs of Spring and you held my hand and had eyes that twinkled. I love your company.
Maddie || You searched for your dragon wings and floated along, flapping them behind you. The climb felt long for your wee legs and the weather bit your fingers, despite your gloves, but distraction is the best encourager for you and eventually chat about France and swimming pools cheered you up. I look forward to the milder weather when you’ll bound along and forget the pains of having such a little body to keep up with the rest!