SEA GLASS AND SIMPLE
by Mary Emma Allen
(TAKE A CHILD EXPLORING)
Whether you're traveling long distance or only on
local jaunts, take a child exploring. Enhance you
knowledge and stretch your imagination as you look
at the world through their eyes.
You'll discover a world of wonder and renewal.
You'll develop a closer relationship with the child
(children) and you'll of ten find simple pleasures
can be most enjoyable.
With my grandchildren, I often explored our local
area and saw it through their eyes. We came home
with pockets bulging with stones. Then we looked up
the various ones in our mineral book,
On one memorable occasion, my husband Jim and I took
our grandson and grandnephew on an outing to an island
in Maine for the day, reached by ferry.
Neither boy had ever been on a ferry, so thought
this a great treat.
one of their enjoyable pleasures was searching for
shells, pebbles and sea glass along a beach.
They, and others in our group, had such fun
looking for these items, searching for those with
unusual shapes and colors.
It was great to see young and older alike enjoying these
simple treasures, rather than glued to electronic games
and needing manufactured toys.
It seems we've long been a family of gatherers and
collectors. On walks with grandchildren, we all come
home with pockets full of stones and sticks, acorns,
pieces of bark, then in our hands leaves and flowers.
When Jim and I
travel, we bring them stones and natural objects native
to the various regions rather than traditional
like to share something of the history or natural
landscape of the areas where we trek.
these natural curiosities was the pipe stone prominent
in that area of
Minnesota named for this soft reddish rock.
Find simple pleasures to enjoy in your travels. What
have you done along this line as you've traveled by
yourself and with children?
(Mary Emma Allen researches and writes from her New
Hampshire home as well as throughout her travels. She's
the author of more than 200 stories for children and the
books, Tales of Adventure & Discovery
and William Mathewson, the Original Buffalo Bill.)
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