As my son exerts his sleep pattern on the household, one consequence is a slightly later bedtime. In the evening on Wednesday, I took the kids for a walk before dinner to get some fresh air, to see the flowers that are bursting from every direction, and to experience a new art installation at our local library. The fresh and cool air was wonderful after being cooped up all day, and it helps calm the kids and ready them for sleep. The flowers are amazing. We are in the midst of lilacs and wisteria with tulips fading and irises promising a new round of color and smell. We even passed a fragrant bed of roses.
The art this time is a collection of paper cuttings by Violet Byrd. I absolutely love the organic shapes and whimsical names. They remind me of the characters in children’s books. It would be fun to find a way to use these as illustrations in stories, and the stories themselves would flow from the curves of the creatures.
These days, both children have picked up some whining behavior, and my wife and I are working to change it through positive parenting moves. However, it really gets too much sometimes, so we divide and conquer. Often I take one of the kids and get outside. With the younger, I use a stroller; with the older, I have her walk.
Today, I took my son on an hour walk that covered 3.3 miles. The cool, fresh air calmed him down, I got in a good chunk of exercise, and the scenery was amazing. Magnolias, fruit trees, daffodils, honeysuckle. The blooms were everywhere. I especially liked the chartreuse of the new weeping willow leaves in the park.
I really want to model some level of fitness, love of nature, and comfort with being outdoors for my children; these are core values that I hope to pass on.
Spring is an amazing time of rapid change and new things every day. It is a wonderful time to engage the kids in observation games. “What do you see different here today?”
I especially enjoy the spring flowers. They are just exciting and glorious. Fair warning crocuses and daffodils, this is Boston in March.