Once Upon A Childhood

Autumn leaves floating in the creek
The leaves are turning and time passes by. The sun shines warm and bright as the last of summer sparkles on the ripples of a woodland creek. There is laughter. There is debate. There are splashes and rock skips and directives given on the afternoon breeze.

Floating down the creek on a summer afternoon.They float down the river in a perfect state of childish exuberance and youthful innocence. There is nothing more than the day, the woods, water, sunshine and each other. Imagination is their greatest tool.

Testing a homemade raft before floating down the creek.There are great thinkers and engineers. There is due diligence and hard work disguised as play.

Splashing away the afternoon.There is freedom. There is togetherness. There is determination.

Deep conversations in shallow waters.There are deep conversations in shallow waters. And they’re all the better for it.

The boys 'round here.There are group activities and tests of strength. There is fearlessness.

Blue eyes, smilin' in the creek.And there are pure hearts and inquisitive minds — filled with the excitement of discovery and the quiet concentration of new ideas.

Where the river bends.

There are dear hearts. There are precious souls.

There is waning light and passing time.

There is peace and prosperity.

And there is joy.

So get dirty. Get wet.

Be silly and startling — satisfy the yearning for adventure, yours and theirs.

Show them genuine joy comes from real and honest play.

Put away the machines and glowing screens for one, solitary day.

Treasure the sound of them. Treasure the look of them in wild abandon.

Stop and look and really listen. And don’t forget to join them.

It’s how memories are made … unforgettable, spectacular and cherished.

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  • comment-avatar
    Lisa September 1, 2014 (6:20 am)

    Love it…both the pics. the blog post and the new look!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Denise Laubacher September 1, 2014 (7:48 am)

    Found it! Yay :). Beautiful, thoughtful and so true!!

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    Susanne September 1, 2014 (8:47 am)

    Kids and water! Always a fun combination!

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    Taryn September 1, 2014 (8:05 pm)

    Wonderful post! Also, I LOVE the new look!

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    Jennifer September 4, 2014 (11:53 am)

    I love the creek! Is this on private property or a public place? Our creek is too narrow for the kids to play in or go “creeking” as we always said. Would love to find a place like this to explore.