We had to get out of the car and check them out. They were checking us out, too. You can click on the photo to see it larger if you like.
When we're not gawking at (or grokking) the animals, we like to play the alphabet game, working together to spot all of the letters in order on signs, license plates, etc., shouting them out as we see them. "Q in liquor store!" or for the non-reader, "An S! An S! Over there!" We also play 'I'm thinking of...', as in, "I'm thinking of a food that starts with a B (again for the non-reader we say the sound,"buh, buh"). Each person gets one yes-or-no question. "Is it a fruit?", etc.
We weave our own stories together about fairies and witches and animal babies. Or robots and knights and warrior princesses. We might blast classical ballet music, or Michael Franti and Spearhead, or sing our own silly songs altogether.
Then often the littlest two are lulled into a nap, and I am left alone with my own thoughts. This is so rare these days in my house, that I almost don't know what to do with it. My insecurities and fears sometimes flash before me. I greet them, "Oh, I see you there...but if I've been too busy to notice lately, you old fears must not be as important as you think you are." Sometimes they slink off or linger and dissolve gradually.
Sometimes, my thoughts soar, filling me with gratitude for this life, my life,...all life.
Sometimes I just plan a grocery list :)
Today, we drove about 60 miles to meet with some fellow homeschoolers at an organic orchard for gleaning. All together, we picked several hundred apples to be given away, with other donated organic veggies, to low-income and elderly folks.
And we had cider and doughnuts. Mmmmm.