Fire - Flood - Storm
When she was not yet three, her Poppa and I bought her a tent.
We just intended for her to play in it at first, until she got used to it,
but she had other ideas and slept in it from night one!
A few nights later the wind in the pine trees was sooo loud I thought
Aldonna may be afraid, so I got up to check.
Her tent was very close to ours, so I sat and watched through a window,
as her walls billowed in the wind.
I sat and sat - and nary a peep from her, eventually thunder and
lightning - along with heavy rain - started.
So I still sat and sat - and no movement from her - or anyone!
What seemed hours and hours later the storm abated, and all was quiet,
so I crawled back into my bed.
Next morning nobody believed me when I mentioned the storm, not
until other campers asked if we weathered the storm ok!
These photos were taken a year or so later when the tent was not
needed to be right next to ours.
Independence, even to a child is so important - and even more
important are the lessons learnt whilst achieving it!
Aldonna is the tallest, then Vanessa and the little tot striding out is
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It was to be a fun day for the kids - although it rained all the time, it was
not cold and the simple act of needing to take the kids to the toilet
also became FUN!
The cry went up - shoes and sox off please!
And we would go - barefooted through the grass, much to the kids delight!
It made good sense - it meant dry sox and shoes were waiting for us
on our return.
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Laurie - June 2003