The husband came along. Boy, was he a trooper. Our guide, for lack of a better term, was Susan. She was so responsive to the boys. She was patient and gentle. Our job for the day, or rather, hour, was to paint yellow trail markers on the trees and sign posts. My boys were a bit painty, but no matter. Eli started pointing out mushrooms as we walked the trail. He didn't know one mushroom from another, but was eager to point them out and talk to Susan. She pointed out sassafras and yellow birch, which the boys sampled. We also talked about princess pine and poison ivy. When we came to the blueberry patch, she guided the boys to the high bushes and picked berries with them. There's a pear tree on the property and we all enjoyed a snack. It was such a lovely day to help out. This was our first family volunteering opportunity. I have to say that I enjoyed it as much as the boys did. I do think, however, Susan could have painted those circles in a quarter of the time it took us to do it as a group. We'll definitely go back and hike the trails and help out again. You should too.
|So happy to be helping!|
|He insisted on picking his own pear.|
|The boys checking out a grasshopper.|