Children are outside all the time. They are accustomed to it. It is just natural.
But recently, when I took Elmont Elementary 2nd grade students outside for a nature walk to prepare our minds for Fall poetry, they came alive with excitement about simply being outdoors.
This was not the normal excitement you see when kids play together outside. It was different from the everyday. It did not look or feel the same. These kids were welcoming their familiar environment with a fresh, new outlook. They were responding to a reason to explore, a reason to participate with nature.
I love that about the change of the seasons. It has the power to stir joy and renewed energy into the hearts of young and old. It can pull you in and captivate you, releasing you from the norm for that magical moment in time.
I love how the change of season makes everything we’ve always known new once again. This change stirs up all of our senses and renews our attitudes and our actions.
Familiar becomes quaint.
Natural becomes supernatural.
Normal becomes magnificent.
Kids in these everyday normal spaces say things like,
“This is so awesome!” and,
“I feel like a park ranger!” and
“Hey, I found some nature over here!”
How about you? Are you alive with this change of season in your familiar place? Has your usual been replaced with phenomenal?