What better setting to tell stories about nature and animals than the wooded amphiteater at Woodend - the headquaters of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, MD.
Seventy (70) kids from the Audubon Camp came to hear stories today - to think about clouds and animals and birds as an ending for their day which has been filled with nature activities and fun.
It was cooler under the trees but still sticky hot. I told a story about a cloud swallowing giant which made the point about how important rain is for the survival of crops, animals and people.
Outside and in the heat the story took on another level of REAL.
I remember being seven years old
and stretching out on soft cool moss under a shady oak tree
on a hot summer day
without out any other purpose than to just "be".
It is a sweet memory.
And maybe it is behind my slowing down in the summertime - wanting the freedom to just BE.