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Whitsun Nature TableAnother week, another trip away from home.  This time it was two nights in suburban Atlanta with Mike's family.  We travel so rarely and to do it twice in a month is quite a lot for us.  We had a lovely visit with blakdove while we were there and her family was so kind to us.  The six children had a wonderful time playing together and the grownups were wonderful at hospitality--they gave us unlimited bacon and sent me home with the grease (and bay leaves)!  It is a special thing to visit like that on our trips down South, a treat for me during a time when city life overwhelms me.

Coming home today was hard: inadequate rest for everyone, getting off our routines, being in a car for a long time (with lots of breaks to run around).  There is almost always the crash and burn after spending time away.  It does strengthen my resolve, though.  Housework felt easy in someone else's kitchen, so I need to maintain that attitude here.  Working to include all the parts of our weekly and daily rhythms feels more possible, too.  I must admit that I have let artistic work slip a bit, but Roan is napping less and I think we can devote part of quiet time to painting and modeling.

I guess I feel like I have to collect everyone again and refocus our energies on the work and play that nurtures us most.  I've been reading various books about parenting and children and one thing that has stood out is discipline.  The idea of self-discipline, which I've mentioned before, and that a solid rhythm and disciplined adult really negates conventional authoritarian methods.  I can definitely agree to that.  Children who feel good [and safe and nurtured and are able to move  and feel useful] do good.  Susan, those words will carry me for years to come.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jun. 1st, 2015 09:34 am (UTC)
Oh,i'd love to know what you are reading.
Jun. 2nd, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
Re: books
I've been planning a bookshelf post for nearly a year! I'll have to get on it. :-)
( 2 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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