Spring is springing, birds are chirping and it is time to get the kids out of the house.
For those of us who love the outdoors, who love hiking, running, listening to nature and seeing it bloom, Spring is both a joy and a problematic time. You see, kids have a different idea of nature.
See a bug? Hit it or squeal and run.
Enjoy a quiet stroll in a beautiful forest? Or ponder what we are having for lunch/dinner/snack.
Work in the garden? Um, no.
Transferring our values to the little ones takes more than a good example. It takes the inner fortitude to haul a 50 pound child on your shoulders 4 miles into the mountains so they can see something more beautiful, more amazing. It takes the patience to try over and over again to explain why hitting a plant/insect/me is not a great idea.
For you parents who continue to bring the kids out to the wilds, the parks and backyards to introduce them to nature, I salute you. I will see you on the trails also carrying 4 days of food for a 3 mile hike. I will stop your kid from falling in the lake if you catch mine.