Saturday, October 21, 2006

Life in a small town

fox, originally uploaded by jahansell.

Every year Sharon Audubon puts on the Enchanted Forest. (I keep calling it the Enchanted Broccoli Forest, because of that old veggie cookbook, but there is no broccoli there!) It's a chance for kids to walk through the woods at night, meet animals of the forest, and learn a little about them and their habitats. Here, the "fox" asked the children to help him bury a big juicy caterpillar. The owl showed them her mouse dinner. The skunk, who was hanging out in the garbage can, asked us not to let the owl know where she was (owls eat skunks) and the bear was raiding the birdfeeder. (These are very realistic animals!) We all learned a few new facts (I never knew bears eat bees along with their honey - hey, it's protein!). Then we all had hot chocolate and a hayride. My 4-year-old, who has gone to this every year since she was a baby, told me urgently, "mom, they're really people inside! I can see their people eyes!"
It was a perfect fall day in a small town - everywhere we went - ballet class, "Kids Time," the ice cream shop, the grocery store, we saw people we knew. Our last stop before the Forest was the school, where my 7-year-old daughter has been practicing riding her 2-wheel bike. Today, at last, she got it - she is now officially off of training wheels. I don't know who is more pleased, her or me!


Blogger Lisi said...

Jenny, that sounds like a really fun activity, what a good idea! I also like the part about your little girls :-) Have a good weekend.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Very good event. We all lean someting little everey day, don't we? ... and congratulations fro bike ride to both of you.

12:18 AM  
Blogger alice said...

Very pleades by reading your message, a real story. And congratulations to your daughter, only two wheels is very difficult. What is her next challenge, perhaps to swim? I wish you a good Sunday, Jenny.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Olivier said...

Photo tres amusante et tres bien faite. Les enfants ont de la chance.

Photograph very amusing and very well done. The children have chance.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Mile Stones said...

A beautiful report. I am convinced - it WAS in fact a good day to be there,wasn't it?

1:42 PM  

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