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Ownership

Ownership

It's December and at our house that means that we're celebrating the Advent and Christmas season. Our daughters, Kristin and Kyra, have been very persistent about urging us to get all of our decorations up. Every evening since Thanksgiving, they asked us when we could get started. Finally, the lights are up, our tree is decorated, and we've brought out the candles, towels, and tablecloths that bear those familiar hues of red and green.

If you looked at the usual state of my daughters' bedroom, you might be surprised that they have been paying such attention to creating this "holiday feeling". They aren't normally so tuned in to their surroundings! These rituals and the feelings that they produce obviously mean something special to them.

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Living Treasures

Living Treasures

Today was Science Spectacular Day at my daughters' elementary school and I had the privilege of volunteering at one of the presentations. Two scientists from NC State University did a great job involving third graders in explorations about the properties of soil. As the students at my table sifted through a sample of the dark, rich-looking material, they exclaimed over their findings: rocks, twigs, leaves, roots, pine needles. I couldn't help but notice, though, that their biggest excitement was reserved for the living treasures that they encountered – worms, ants, beetles, and "roly-polys".

As I watched their enthusiasm, I was taken back to memories of the school garden project that I created while I was a volunteer service worker in a semi-arid region of Brazil. Although I had dabbled in gardening for years, I didn't really realize how much I loved it until I shared that joy with the middle and high school students who were a part of the project. It was hard work, but the harshness of the landscape, and the challenges we faced seemed to make the beauty of the garden all the more vivid and precious.

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Sand Castles

Sand Castles

This weekend, our family enjoyed a visit to the beach with my parents. It was a short trip, but the weather was glorious, and we packed some of our favorite beach activities into the time that we had together.

We spent a good bit of the day on Saturday engaged in a big sandcastle project. My younger daughter, Kyra, got us started, and before long we were all engaged in some aspect of its construction. As we worked, it was evident that we were all cognizant that, sooner or later, the tide would rise and our work would be undone. Nonetheless, we undertook the project with great gusto. As we worked, I couldn't help but notice where each of us chose to apply our energies.

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