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Off the Grid

 

I have been on holidays and away from wifi for the past couple of weeks, thank goodness for Danielle and her lovely posts.

I’ve been on a road trip to Montana, a place of stunning beauty. Long meandering rivers, rolling hills and ponderosa pines, ranches, and cool towns with vibrant cafe’s, farmers markets and brew pubs. Within this mix of cowboy and cool is where I saw a fashion combo new to my west coast eyes: yoga pants and cowboy boots. A trend worth copying.

Early September is a wonderful time to travel, fewer crowds, great weather, but ….no kids. The campsites are filled with middle aged couples with small dogs. So without kids to watch, I had to resort to looking for traces of kids, what they left behind, as well as what communities have for kids.

Here’s what I saw….

 I haven’t seen a slide like this since I was a kid! Tall and steep and narrow, I remember the trepidation of the climb up and the thrill of making down in one piece.

A lovely pile of rocks left behind on a river bank

Some string, a rock and a branch: a trap? a pendulum? a weapon to knock over squirrels?

 

Community life jackets for kids, take one, use it, leave it behind.

The beginnings of a dam in the river, the quest to redirect the flow of water seems universal.

So now I’m back to real life, with real live kids. Can’t wait.

Danielle and I with the wonderful women of Victoria CCRR

Thanks CCRR!

 

Danielle and I with the wonderful women of Victoria CCRR

What a tremendous evening! Victoria Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) hosted an open house for The Images Of Learning Project exhibit this past Wednesday.  Seventy people came to enjoy fabulous cheese platters, plates of beautiful desserts (I am hoping they came to see the exhibit and not just to eat!) and to read and reflect on the exhibit.

Two centres came with all of their staff to the open house, and then went for dinner afterwards to reflect together on it. One college instructor brought a group of students, and then they gathered to talk afterwards. People told us they were inspired and provoked. Some people came for a quick look, others lingered for a long time. This is what we hoped for, what we dreamed of, that the exhibit would engage people, get people thinking, discussing, and reflecting.

 Many thanks to Belinda Macey and the wonderful women at CCRR  for giving us the opportunity to share the exhibit locally. And thanks to all who came. Please keep the dialogue going!