A portrait of my birdies, once a week, every week, in 2014. Or every couple weeks… and maybe more than a picture of each. Too many good ones to choose from this time around.
Phoebe Jane on the bay.
Wren Sabina, always the first one in.
Wren Sabina flying her plane in the stormy dunes.
Phoebe Jane trying to run from the storm.
Wren Sabina and cousin Griffin.
The girls together at the Detroit Zoo. This is the requisite Detroit Zoo photograph…
And a couple more from the Detroit Zoo. It rained, but we had a great time anyway.
I was reminded of something very dear to me last weekend. It’s so important to let our children have an opportunity to lead US. So much time is spent (wasted) trying to get kids to do what we want them to do, dress how we want them to dress, play how we want them to play, act how we want them to act, smile | stand | sit how we want them to for our photos, for others, for our selves. I see so many people trying to control everything around them–including their children, spouses, family–and it is driving everyone crazy, including themselves.
Children are people too.
We visited the Detroit Zoo last weekend and I gave Wren the map and let her lead us for the day. Of course I had to say “no” to most of the ice cream stands and gift shops we walked past, but that’s about where I drew the line. Otherwise, we saw the animals that she wanted to see, we took the paths she wanted to take and we saw the penguins twice. Why not?
It’s so vital that we let our children have these kind of opportunities. How else do they learn to lead and feel confident in their choices? So what if we didn’t see the monkeys.
The last time I went to a zoo was half my life ago. Gulp. It’s refreshing to know that things are pretty much the same at the Detroit Zoo, except the breathtaking Arctic Ring of Life exhibit. Wow. I think it was everyone’s favorite experience (see below!), but the little birdie seemed a bit more excited about the big blue ball in one of the bear exhibits. She was thrilled to have her theory officially confirmed by the zoological society. Yes, indeed, grizzly bears enjoy the same toys as little human girls. “BALL BALL BALL!!!”