Just a quick post tonight. After dinner, my son had a music lesson with his dad, and my daughter and I went hunting for owls. She had studied owls at school and knows they are nocturnal, how far they can rotate their heads, and what they hunt. Most importantly she knows how to make up really wonderful imaginary play as owls. We geared up with the proper clothes and flashlights. I started with my fancy ball cap with lights on the brim with my daughter carrying the flashlight but soon I plopped the cap on top of her penguin hat, which fit perfectly, and my larger hands carried the flashlight. We walked to Baxter Woods which isn’t far by my standards but it’s a bit of a haul for a five-year old. She marched right along and talked the whole way. We stopped every now and again to shine the flashlights at trees and search for perched owls.
When we got to the edge of the woods she wanted to walk right in. I really wanted to tromp right in with her but I let fear and all of those what-ifs slow me down… Plus I knew Hans would be furious if I took our daughter into the woods at night. So I compromised with myself and we went in a ways–to search for owls (just so some of you aren’t worried, I’ll tell you we walked about 50 meters in–far enough to feel like we were in the woods (especially to a five-year old) and yet not really very far.) We took a minute to stand together, hug, look around, and get quiet. It was awesome.
It was absolutely one of my favorite walks of the year and certainly the highlight of my week. Because it’s a challenge to take photos at night, here’s a picture from a few weekends ago of my lovely and powerful daughter.