The subject of water and children is so summery and joyous and full of possibility that we couldn't confine it to just one day among other days. The shore not any old escape -- it's what summer is all about (at least to the preschool crowd). We want to think and write about it and live it all summer-long.
And we hope you'll join us at the shoreline nearest you. It doesn't have to be a silky, sun-kissed sand beach, by the way. (Though good for you if it is!) The shore, we say (and the preschoolers we know seem to agree), is where the sea meets not only sand but also rocks, where lake meets land, pool meets pavement, stream and river meet their banks, and even where a sprinkler or inflatable kiddie pool meets the grass.
Along these lines (and throwing in a summer beach reading suggestion if you should ever have a moment to take your eyes off your preschoolers), we offer you today's quotation from the superb novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.
An old man writes in a letter addressed to his very young son:
"You and Tobias are hopping around in the sprinkler. The sprinkler is a magnificent invention because it exposes raindrops to sunshine. That does occur in nature but it is rare. ... You two are dancing around in your iridescent downpour, whooping and stomping as sane people ought to do when they encounter a thing so miraculous as water."
Here's to many such moments of whooping and stomping and splashing and playing in the miracle that is water!
We know many a water-obsessed preschooler (and parent) who has just this set of "musts" and "all I asks" -- don't you? Wherever the tides take your tall ship, here's wishing you fun with that laughing fellow-rover and, well, exactly what the last l... read more
We associate the words of Baroness Karen Blixen, writing as Isak Dinesen, with the dry, wide savannah of East Africa. Perhaps it shouldn't surprise us, though, that she too adored the ocean. Our preschoolers too seem to recognize intuitively that... read more