Friday, September 3, 2010

No Boundaries

We live in the city...or at least on the edge of the city, pressed happily against the vast ocean. Yet, when we face the ocean the concrete jungle still lay behind us, waiting to swallow us up once again and in the city we are always on our guard because, really, that's just the way it is.

But in South Dakota, there was no endless sea of concrete, no fences, no boundaries. For days Harrison went outside and played in the yard, or out in the hills in a sea of nature. And he was content.

This day was spent planting wheat...

First you have to pick it.
Then you dig a hole for the "seeds".
Then comes the water...
And mark the spot because, really, the hard ground looks the same everywhere!
Then come out the next morning to see if anything has sprung forth!

Better yet, chase grasshoppers, just like mommy used to do as a child...until they spit on her.

And what ever you do, don't think about traffic and smog, crowds, TV and video games, chain-link fences and BOUNDARIES.

Because sometimes a child just needs to be... a child.

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Barbara Manatee said...

stopping in from PSF.

Sounds like a great adventure and change for the city!!

Christina said...

this makes me smile...mostly because it's so similar to our morning yesterday, planting seedpods at the park! Right there at the park, in the middle of town, but N was lost in her own world...I think kids are better than us boring old adults at escaping into a place of freedom even in the middle of the hustle and bustle!

chaoticfamily said...

Looks so nice! Have never been to that sweet corner of the world. My Grandmother was born in either South or North Dakota though - it's unclear on her birth certificate which one it was.