Our snow drifts on the lakefront have been calling my name — it doesn’t matter how old you are, snow drifts need snow tunnels.
There’s a child inside all of us, right?
Phoenie, our grandson, hasn’t been able to come to our place yet (he’s coming soon!) but I just couldn’t wait any longer. Every day, I look out the back window and sigh. I needed someone to help me dig snow tunnels… so I found two more-than-willing friends . . . and dig we did.
. . . from both ends of the tunnel.
A.J. finally broke through!
Here he comes!
Then Vicky and I started digging down . . .
. . . but we got bored and decided that sitting in a snow tunnel hole was the perfect photo op!
After going through six pairs of mittens and an hour’s worth of hard digging, we decided that tunneling through these drifts was NOT a one-day job. We agreed to meet up again this Thursday. No giving up — just time for some homemade muffins and hot chocolate.
We even got some “official” tutoring in when A.J. drew out the plan for future digging.
I say, “official” tutoring because I believe that every young person needs to experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever his/her age, ability or circumstances.
It’s so important to encourage children to play and explore. It was awesome to watch A.J. planning, digging and working hard. When his head finally broke through the snow drift, it was pure victory for him — such an accomplishment — and his whole being was smiling.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Thanks, A.J. and Vicky for playing with me. I had a great time!
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein