We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation and wildness.
David Orr from "Earth in Mind"

Jan 16, 2008

on having guests

We've had aunt Amanda here for the last few days which has meant that I haven't really gotten to the computer in two days. It was cold and snowy so there really was only one thing to do with our day: head to our favorite bookstore.

Alder has an order to what he wants to do when we are there. We start with eating then go up stairs to the children's section to play in the toddler area for a while. Then it is over to the puppets for a while and then the balls. After the balls it's time to go up and down the ramp to the travel section and sit in the big chairs (this can only be done if we ignore him and he can pretend that he is alone), a few taps on the gong and then it is down the big stair to the adult section. Down there it's a pretty quick run through remembering to go through every isle in the music section and then down the short stairs to where the door mats made out of flip-flops are. These get another half hour of time building and stacking with them. Even with Amanda there we did the same things, but this meant I could talk a little with people a little more and not have to be watching him.

Well, Aunt Amanda is gone and I have a few minutes of quiet at work to write this and start planning when I am going to work on all my projects (one advantage to her visit is that I cleaned up my studio just in case we went in there).

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