Living in the woods has its pros and cons.
I honestly had no idea that I’d have as many mice in my house…and they have been in VERY hard-to-reach places (like inside my wall or in between the first and second floors). Crazy. I also had no clue that I’d have to kill snakes in my house. And don’t even get me started on the ants! If you’d told me such things, I’m not too sure I would have voted for a house in the woods.
But just this week, I was reminded of some of the pros:
open spaces for my kids to explore their hearts out (This is part of the view off my back deck. My husband has spent HOURS clearing our woods & cutting trails in the woods behind our house.)
toads, toads, toads (among other creatures…I wish I’d gotten a shot of the inch worm. It was so cool!!)
authentic learning: we dug up some seedlings,
and got to SEE the acorn sprouting roots! And since we’ve been studying plants and seeds, this “lesson” complimented so well!
Ultimately, our woods provide a place to send my children when they need to release their energy (a.k.a. it’s too noisy for me in the house).
It really is their “happy place”.
So, I guess the lesson for This Reading Mama is to toughen up, quit focusing on the cons, and savor the pros WITH them!
This post was linked to Moments to Remember.
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Oh those mice! I do not miss them, but everything else you mentioned I do miss about living in the country! What a great fun childhood! (BTW: Snakes will eat the mice and act as a mice repellant. And you should for sure get a good mousing cat-or 2!)