I did this summer vacation. We kind of had a down day on our summer vacation. We were going to go to the pool, but wouldn't you know it, it started raining out. What are we going to do now??? Well, the one thing I noticed when we arrived at our hotel, was the clover flowers in the yard, it brought back so many memories of my childhood. My sisters and I would sit for hours making clover necklaces and bracelets. I thought to myself, I want to share this memory with my daughter if we have the chance. She woke up and saw the rain and was a bit disappointed. Swimming was out of the mix, so we went outside on the front wrap around porch of the fabulous bed and breakfast we stayed at and started picking the clovers. It was only drizzling so it was fun to pick the flowers from the grassy area in front of the B & B. We picked quite a few and she asked, "What are we going to do with these now?". I showed her how we make the necklace, weaving each stem with in one another. We each made our own and then she had the idea of making ankle bracelets too. Now, we never made these as kids, at least I don't think we did. I don't remember ankle bracelets being big back then. It was great because she added something new to the mix. Later that day, my mother-in-law asked what we did that morning, I shared this with her and she shared that she used to make them too! My daughter thought that was so neat and somehow she appreciated making the necklaces that much more. Of course, I sent the pictures to my sisters who texted back quickly that they remembered this fun and creative thing we used to as kids that would entertain us for hours. Time certainly has changed since the 70s, kids expect much more and many times they want an electronic device to entertain them. I challenge myself everyday to not let my daughter get caught up in too much TV, computers, video games, iphone games and the like. I would rather sit and make these clover necklaces with my daughter on a gloomy raining day, then sit inside and let her get lost in the world of electronics. I challenge you to do the same.
This trip brought back special memories of the simplicity of my childhood. We caught lighting bugs, made clover necklaces and spun twirly whirlys that fell from the trees. These are all things that we can not do in Arizona. I am grateful for the opportunity to share these wonderfully simple things with my daughter and she thought they were pretty darn neat too!
I think it is so important to share memories of your childhood with your kid. These simple ideas bring you closer and let's your kids know you were once a kid too. Make the time to take the time with your kids, you all will be better off and have fun doing it! Now go out and get creative with nature! All of my best, Dyan
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