We love the mountains. We do. We wake up each morning and can see them from Long’s Peak to Pike’s Peak (well over 150 miles). If we could, we would spend every weekend up there and often debate whether we sell both of our homes and build a dream house or stay put and buy a home up in the mountains. This past month, we consciously have been taking Reeve up as much as we can now that he can get around on his own. We want him to grow up loving to hike and ride bikes and fish and ski and take advantage of all that those mountains have to offer.
This past weekend we took him on his 2nd hike (not his 2nd ever, but the 2nd one where we let him walk it on his own.). He loves to say “HIKE” as loud as he can and we love just taking our time, letting him explore, pointing out the berries and fall colors and sticks and trees and stopping to listen to the rushing river.
When we started on the trail, this is what happened….
He just needed to run. I found this quote and it touched my heart.
The mountains are calling and I must go ~ Muir
He truly just needed to run…
We made a parenting mistake along this hike. Reeve plopped himself in the tall grass once and we laughed at him. Yes. We laughed at him. So guess what happened next? Yep, he did it about 35 more times.
Parents, don’t laugh at something you don’t want your kids to do no matter how cute it is or they will inevitably do it just to spite you. I was mostly worried about rattlesnakes, but I also didn’t want to spend the next 1.85 miles pulling him up and saying, “come on”
another one with me….it’s rare to get a picture of Reeve and I together that I don’t take with my iPhone reversed….even more rare for Kirk to take one that is actually in focus. I swear, how one manages to take out of focus pictures in this day and age is beyond me.
Reeve and Kirk sat on the bank tossing rocks into that river for 45 minutes. I just sat and watched and gave my Thanks for them.
oh, and in the future, don’t let your toddler wear flip flops on a hike….his stubby little toes were black, toenails had all kinds of stuff under them and he kept tripping. Bad mama