In the Summer we moved across town to be closer to our church. With a scarcity of rental choices, we gave up our larger yard to move to house that suited our needs better. Though our back fence is adjacent to a cow pasture making if feel more open and country-like, the kids have missed a yard with trees and dirt.
I really feel bad telling them not to dig in the yard when they have been able to do that for years. They pull pathetic little sticks off the bushes to “fight” with because we have no real trees in the yard. Sometimes kids just need to run in the woods, pull sticks off the trees, roll in the leaves, and climb trees.
Earlier this week I took them to run through some nature trails in the park. I haven’t seen them so happy in weeks. There was a playground right nearby, but not one of them was even disappointed that we didn’t play on it. They were so happy to walk on logs, fight with sticks, and throw leaves at each other that they didn’t care about the play equipment at all.
I took my camera to burn off some creative energy. In between taking pictures, I grabbed Charlie and ran through the woods with the kids to help him “catch up”. It was refreshing and fun to actually play with the kids. Nothing was off limits and no one was around to “bother”. We just needed some time to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation without the limits of a space that doesn’t belong to us. I’m hoping a playtime at the park trails can become a weekly routine to help us cope with the lack of space in the yard!