Can you remember the total absorption of playing at the edge of the sea? Today was our first day at the local beach. I played with leaves, making an image to use on my new solstice card, and the little one discovered a new game: collecting seaweed. There were several different kinds: kelp, a long straggly black one, green clusters, a little sea lettuce, and neptune’s necklace (bladder wort). She collected them all.
‘I’m bigger now, and soon my head will bump the sky, and then the sky will be broken.’
Everything is fresh with a little one: the ideas, the play, and the conversation. After filling the big bucket with seaweed, she wanted to take it home.
‘OK. I’ll find a plastic bag, and daddy can wash it and put it on the garden.’
‘But I want to take these ones (2 special kinds) into my room.’
‘That’s not a good idea because it will smell.’
‘Because that’s what seaweed does, especially when it gets old.’
All ideas for definitive answers will be gratefully received!