Some of the files are still relevant while others I will be decluttering and recycling in the process. Each day during April, I will pick one of the files to focus on - either doing a hands-on activity or sharing some information from one of the files.
For the fourth day - letter D - I am focusing on Death, Deer, and Discovery Gardens.
On January 5, 2012, my Dad died; and on August 15, 2015, my Mom died. Even though I knew that they would die at some point, it wasn't easy....by a long shot.
My parents with Olivia and Sophia.
As I was going through the files that started with D, I found a poem in the file for Death and Grief that was written by Maya Angelou. I’m happy I found this poem. It was something I needed to read today:
It is healthy and honorable
To weep at the loss of someone we love.
Such passion must be released.
Honorable because it is respectful
To admit the importance of people
Who have loved and supported us…
People whose footprints
Cannot ever be matched.
Another poem by Maya Angelou:
A great soul serves everyone all the time.
A great soul never dies.
It brings us together again and again.
I never noticed how a deer stands until now.
It does look like it is standing on its toes.
This deer was in our front yard - right by our family room window.
(Taken on June 1, 2008.)
- Deer can see in every direction except right behind them. They may not see objects as clearly as we do, but they are very good at detecting movement. And that is all they need to see in order to escape from danger.
This deer is running in the cornfield across the street from us.
Notice its white tail.
(Taken on June 13, 2009.)
- One second a deer can be standing still and the next second it will be running 45 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour)! It can dodge boulders and trees without slowing down.
- A deer can leap across streams 30 feet (9 meters) wide and jump over fences 10 feet (3 meters) high.
In the file about Discovery Gardens, I took notes about some projects I wanted to do to create a child-friendly backyard that fostered the imagination of children, encouraged play, and helped them develop a connection with nature.
Some of the things I thought would make for an interesting space for kids (and adults alike!) are to have:
- A refuge - caves, houses, den from found materials, playhouses, or a miniature forest.
- Artfully-designed pet houses.
- A water element.
- A butterfly garden.
Butterfly and bee on a blossom.
(Taken on April 5, 2012.)
- A place to nurture something - like flowers and vegetable gardens.
- A beanpole tipi.
- Tiny berms that are about two feet high.
- Music chimes in the ground.
- Artful ornaments.
- A circular course or labyrinth.
- Berry bushes.
- "Performing" plants.
- A sundial.
- An alphabet garden.
Files that begin with "D" that I started with (above) and
the ones that I'm keeping along with the bag of recycled papers (below).
All together - from A to D - I've recycled 5 bags of papers!