Most who know me know I'm a "dog person" and generally indifferent to most children I don't know. But the kids who flitted in and out of our build site this weekend were truly something special.
Without being asked, they helped us collect rocks to secure the foundations of the houses. They asked if we would be living in the house and seemed disappointed that we wouldn't. After I gave out a couple of kangaroo pins (thanks @thomasinewarmington!) to our first helpers, they brought their cousins, neighbours and friends and asked if they could have one too. They squealed in pure delight when we gave them candy, but also thanked us with impeccable manners. A few of them became like second shadows, constantly underfoot, taking us by the hand or hugging our legs, looking up with shy or sometimes cheeky smiles, asking a barrage of questions that we only half understood with our limited Spanish. They'd run off to play and return with more rocks, or small gifts like hand-picked flowers, or trying to give us their own simple jewellery and trinkets - and on the second day some of them brought me hand-written notes and paintings that I will take home and treasure.
It was a truly humbling experience being part of this community for two days and not only seeing first-hand the way these people live, but also experiencing their warmth, generosity, love, and zest for life.
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That face is pure happiness! Dogs are a great reminder that happiness is found by living completely in the moment and enjoying the simple things. A nice walk, jumping in a lake, a treat or a great big hug 😊
This photo is from my trip to Seattle 💙
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This was the first animal small world I made for the girls. It inspired the new playroom space and all the other simple, nature based play activities I have been adding to the room. It has been liberating and refreshing to re-do the play area and see the reaction of the kids. They constantly remind me that simplicity and nature will always be at the foundation of play.