Even though I grew up in the city, I've always loved being in nature. Growing up, we'd go "up north" to cottage country twice a year. Whether it was our summer or our fall visit, I would always pack a bathing suit so I could swim in the lake. Aside from being in the water, my favourite thing about being up north would be going on walks through the woods with my dad. I don't remember what we would talk about, but I remember the trees and the heavy smell of the air. It was quiet and we were in no hurry to be anywhere. Our walks are one of my favourite childhood memories.
As the kids get older I think a lot about what they will remember of their childhoods. About what I want them to remember.
This past visit, like most others, I made sure that we went for a little walks out back to the pond.
I hope that they remember what it's like to be in the quiet with tall trees all around.