Children are often able to communicate with animals, and vice-versa...can we ever forget the time the Blue Jay sat on Krissi Priestman's head, but that is a story for another day. However we must all remember that the birds can see us humans scurrying around all day beneath them, and they can see other things also, and that we must remember to listen to them, as they are often-times bringers of news and heralders of great events, but we humans have forgotten how to listen. The Crows and Ravens are known for this, and I have actually conversed with them upon occasion. It is not as difficult as one may think - just try it sometime when you see a big black crow up in a tree above you. I assure you if you ‘caw’ at him he will cock his head, and fix you with a beady eye, and ‘caw’ right back.
Birds are falling out of the sky dead all over the world right now, and this is because of the fact that humans have not been listening for a very long time - look at the honey bees being killed with the pesticides and so on....the whole biosphere is hurting, and we are all hurting too because of it. And yet we all want the same things for the world, and for each other, and it is the simple life and the beauty of nature that I think we all yearn for the most. It is a terrible Catch-22 we exist in these days, caught in the rushing onslaught of world news, technology, survival, yet all of us longing for the traditions and the simplicity of 'the good old days'.
The Good Old Days belong to every generation, however, and it is important to remember that our own children will one day look back on this time - their childhoods - as 'the good old days'. It is up to us, as parents, to make sure that it is indeed that - and to do our best to shelter them from some of the horrors our modern world has to offer.
Playing outside - plenty of fresh air and exercise, playing games other than video games, such as Scrabble, Chess, Charades, any of the old card games and board games, Monopoly, Clue, as long as you are all sitting around facing each other and having a laugh - these are the stuff memories are made of! Most families are struggling right now, as the recession slowly seems to be coming to an end, and money to 'go out' is scarce.
You will find us on the big hill every chance we can get for the rest of the winter - hope to see you there!