What's so special about this trail sign? Amid complaining that his feet hurt and he was too tired to keep going uphill, Liam stopped and looked at this sign. I was about ten feet away but I could hear him, very seriously saying "bb....ah...gg, bahhgg, bahg!"
"Mom, the bog is this way. What's a bog?"
I was so EXCITED! Liam sounded out a word all by himself for no reason other than he wanted to know what it said. This is reading. Not phonics homework, not a school readiness inventory, not a sight word reader that counts toward a free pizza coupon. Reading. For the sake of knowledge. So EXCITING. (If I do say so myself!)
|baby snake in the parking lot|
There was so much to see I could have stayed for hours, but the wind picked up and the boys were beginning to tire. We finished our outing with a story and puzzle inside the large nature center. I bet you can guess which Dr. Seuss book they have on their shelves!
Henry and I enjoyed the huge observation deck. As for Liam, aside from the bathrooms, he was attracted to a large screen on the wall. "What channels do they have, Mom?" He was clearly disappointed when I said that it only showed a loop of still photographs taken at the preserve. You can take the child out of the suburbs, but you can't take the suburbs out of the child.
We returned home exhausted but also in a much better mood than we had been in all week. Despite Liam's longing for cable tv, there's nothing like a day spent together under a big blue sky.