Archives for June 2016

The Best Laid Summer Plans

My kids’ last day of school was yesterday, which makes today the first official day of summer vacation. We have nothing to look forward to but two months of fun in the sun. Or, at least, we did. But then my seven-year-old son Jacob fell off our bannister and broke his arm and all those plans to visit the waterslides and visit the lake were suddenly thrown into question.

summer vacationThe good news first: Jacob is fine and his arm is healing very well. The doctors and nurses in the ER were fabulous, and his follow-up visit to a specialist was promising. He’s a kid, he’s resilient, and he’ll be back to his old self in no time at all. In fact, his parents were far more traumatized by this experience than he was. Even his big sister was more traumatized than he was. At the moment he’s enjoying all the extra attention.

The bad news, though, is that a cast does throw a bit of a damper on any fun in the water. His cast needs to stay in place for the foreseeable future so that his arm can heal. He recently had a layer of fibreglass added on top of the original plaster cast, but the plaster is still there underneath, and plaster can’t get wet. We bought a special waterproof cover for the cast, and it works, but it has its limits. And swimming in a full-arm cast, even if you can immerse your arm in the water, isn’t exactly easy or graceful.

And there are other issues, too. Do you see the snow boots in that photo? He’s wearing them because they were the only shoes he could put on by himself before we got our hands on different running shoes. Tying shoelaces isn’t really something Jacob can manage at the moment. Neither is climbing, or sliding down fire poles at the playground, or doing pretty much anything that requires two hands.

So, where does this leave us? It leaves us here: there will still be summer fun, but less of it will happen outside or in the water. And more of it will happen at home. Which is why I am thanking my lucky stars for Netflix. Here is Jacob sharing the story of his broken arm and telling me what he’s looking forward to watching this summer.

I was inspired to write this post because I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. The opinions in the post are my own, but take the fact that I receive cool promotional swag from Netflix as you will.

Poem for June: 100 Words About Environmental Education

Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but others are for sharing. And so, a blog series is born.

And now, here is my latest poem. I am finishing up my teacher training and my minor is in environmental education. I am completing my environmental education portfolio for a class retreat this weekend and I wrote this poem to include with the rest of my work. To feeling connected!

environmental education student teacher mossom creek poetry

100 Words About Environmental Education

I have lived in this place my whole life I
Walked in its forests waded in its waters my first
Bites taught me its flavours my first steps taught my
Feet the texture of its landscapes yet mostly I am
Removed seeing only glimpses through a minivan window as I
Rush to buy groceries (not even locally grown) now for
Six weeks I have been forced to slow down notice
Complexity smell green taste berries open my eyes again to
The wordless beauty I am so very fortunate to still
Be here to find myself connected, grounded, present, at home

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