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Three Days on a River

There are many times that I feel like I am running a kindergarten.  I have peg racks with three coats and three pairs of overalls, a tray with three pairs of shoes, toothbrushes lined up, songs for blessings, aprons for helpers, a waiting sifter, and I seldom walk through the house without a couple hangers-on.  With this in mind, our children got a rocking boat on St. Nicholas day.  It triples as a bridge and a sort of counter and gets lots of use.  It's also notoriously hard to photograph in action.

In the tent

Laurel likes to have it as a bridge to climb up onto the couch.  Willow likes it as a counter for changing babies upon.  It also makes a good counter for a store.  The children spent a long time using it for a canoe trip today, much like the characters in Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe.  Being six, Willow loves to plan play and do longer activities.  I put up a tent, she and Roan loaded in their gear into the tent.  Willow found a map and they planned their trip, steering clear of waterfalls.  They caught fish along the way and made a clothesline with a jumprope.  They achored their canoe with some yarn cords and a big stone.

In the boat

I made a special lunch, inspired by the story.  We had a simple and frugal chicken and rice and a fruit stew with dumplings.  Willow gobbled it up, so I think we have something new for the rotation and another thing to serve on rice day.  Mike was pleased, too, when he came home from doing a little work on the weekend.


It makes me so glad to see them act out stories like this.  It's the kind of play I live for--cooperative and free.  And messy.  Goodness.  It had started to overwhelm Willow after lunch and Mike and I could only shake our heads as Laurel climbed into the tent and laughed wildly.  They are good at cleaning up, though I will tidy all this up while Mike does a nap drive.  I'm ready to have my home feel simple again and see what they come up with next.


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Dec. 30th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
I used blueberries. The book calls for dried apricots, but that seems a little serious to me.
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Dec. 30th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
Yes, I was trying to skirt that little tidbit. ;-) I have loads of frozen berries, so that suited me. The recipe from NPR is SO good, especially with the heavy cream.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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