Who expresses themselves better than a child. So uninhibited. So free. So dang flexible!!! Good Golly!!!
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A structure in Barkley Farmstead in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I go here to walk, think, admire, observe. I am almost always with my five year old charge. I spend five days a week with this bright charming fellow. Here is a snippet of my day. I love my job.
HIM: Why are there Chrisrmas wreaths hanging in stores before Thanksgiving?
ME: I don’t really know, bud.
HIM: I love Christmas. I can’t wait.
ME: Don’t rush it, pal.
HIM: Do you know what I love about Christmas?
ME: No. Tell me.
HIM: I love the presents.
ME: Me too.
HIM: And I love that I get to eat candy canes.
HIM: And I love the joy of family. (No lie. He said that. Verbatim.)
ME: That’s a really nice thing to say. I’m glad you feel that way.
HIM: I can’t help it. It’s so joy-able. (Also verbatim.) 😉
THIS KID’S ANGLING FOR SOMETHING, WOULDNT YOU SAY?
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I know. I’ve been a mobile ad for Storybook Land in NJ but it afforded me a ton of fun foto opportunities. My little friend and I took a walk through the Alice in Wonderland exhibit and ended up in a maze of playing cards. It took this cunning five year old to get us out of that tangled web, but in order to get to the maze one needs to slide into the entrance. These are the actual colors. That’s why I thought it was appropriate for Cee’s challenge this week.
“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” OOPS! Wrong movie!
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‘Let’s take a walk in the forest,” he said
“I think these are called ‘woods’,” I replied.
“Forest,” he said. “Just follow me.”
“What if we get lost?” I asked.
“We won’t,” he responded. “I’ll keep you safe. Just follow me.”
“The leaves are falling like multi-colored snow,” I said as I followed obediently.
“Snow is white, and comes in the winter. It’s autumn now. But the leaves are really pretty,” he said, turning to see if I was falling behind.
“Are we almost out of the woods?” I asked a little concerned.
“Forest,” he said. “It won’t be long. Just follow me.”
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I suppose this is the obvious, but it was too dang cute to not use. I’m guessing I won’t have the only tree photo in this challenge, but I’m betting on this one being one of the cutest. (OK. I may be a little bit biased. I think my little charge is adorable.)
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“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein
Wish with all your heart, want with all your might. Believe, and watch it happen. Oh! The possibilities.
– Gemma Marie
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HAVE NO FEAR.
There’s a new fire chief in town. He’s brave. He’s bright. He’s ready for action. There’s no better man – ah – boy – for the job. In this case, size doesn’t matter.
My little (short?) friend and I delivered some much needed wrapping paper, tape, and ribbon to the Fire House yesterday. They are looking for toys and gift wrapping for less fortunate children in the area. People of Collingswood unite! Grab an extra roll of wrap, a box of Legos, or a stuffed animal. Whatever floats your boat. But hop to it Christmas is just around the bend.
The fireman on duty was kind enough to let my buddy sit in the fire truck and gave him a fire chief hat. Look at the smile it brought to his face. Imagine the smile you could bring to a child’s face this holiday season. If you’re not in this area, look into what’s needed in your town. It’ll bring a smile to your face too!
Thanks for the visit and let me be one of the first to say have some safe and happy holidays.
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Autumn = cooler weather
Cooler weather = falling leaves
Falling leaves = piles of color
Piles of color = attraction
Attraction = curiosity
Curiosity = children
Children, leaves, piles, color, attraction, curiosity = fun!
Kids have a habit of flailing themselves into autumn’s leafy beds of brilliantly colored leaves. Ahhhh! To be a kid again, if only for just a little while. Long enough to join in on the fun and rekindle the habit of total lack of inhibition.
When’s the last time you did this?
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This is something I don’t often do – take photos of strangers. I’m always afraid someone’s going to say “Hey! You with the camera! What in tarnation are you doing?” But then, when’s the last time you heard someone say “tarnation” I don’t even know if I spelled it right! So without any more hesitation or trepidation, I went out to gather a few photos for Cee’s challenge. (and added a few of my family)
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BARCLAY FARMSTEAD, CHERRY HILL NEW JERSEY
Last week was my first back to my ‘job’. I am the caregiver for two bright, adorable, charming, rascals five days a week. Since school hadn’t started yet, and since the weather is holding out – for now – we made a unanimous decision to walk to the park – so we could walk the park. I can’t resist letting you in on a snippet of our conversation. If this doesn’t make you smile, then I don’t know what will. It went something like this…
Me: Stop at the corner and wait for me, please.
Brother #1: We need to stop, look, and listen.
Brother #1: We need to not touch the wires (electrical wires that, in some cases, are brought down to the lawns and bolted in somehow – why on the ground I don’t know.)
Me: You are absolutely right! Why do you think that is?
Brother #1: Momma says it’s because you’ll get dead.
Me: (smiling) And we wouldn’t want to get dead, would we?
Younger Brother: And because they are full of ‘lectrical kermits!
OK. Do I have a great job or what?
We are getting near the end of the path. We talked about getting lost and what we would do if that happened. Brother #1 was not concerned. Younger brother had found a very long stick. Apparently, and according to Brother #1, it was a GPS stick.
It got us around and through and over and back. We had the best time walking the woods in the park. I hope you enjoyed a little of my day. I know I do. Every day! How lucky am I? 🙂
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