“Let’s go ADVENTURING!” my girls shout excitedly from the edge of a small ravine. At this age, they are old enough to have a strong desire to go exploring alone but still young enough to want me nearby. I watch them and smile. They hold hands, head out on their journey, slip and fall, and get up again. After a while, they pause to pick a flower. Then it's back in motion as they run downhill near the bottom. They throw rocks, stir mud, and step in puddles. After all, they are adventuring.
To adventure is to “engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.” Little ones do this naturally. For a baby, nearly everything is new. I remember becoming aware that it was the first time one of my girls felt wind on her cheeks - it immediately took her whole attention, and she was overcome by it. In turn, I was floored by her reaction, having felt the wind my entire life. Then I realized: our "everyday" world is brimming with millions of experiences waiting to be had. For children, it is an adventure waiting to happen.
Adventuring doesn’t have to be climbing Mount Everest or some other fantastic feat. It’s about exploring something new. Trying out a new bike, seeing what happens when you squish a bug, or tasting a rock are all adventures.
Though I won’t be tasting rocks for dinner, I am grateful that my girls have helped me remember what it’s like to see things as extraordinary and find adventure in little things.
WHAT ADVENTURES HAVE YOU OR YOUR LITTLE ONE(S) GONE ON LATELY?
P.S. If you enjoyed this, you may also enjoy ADVENTURING IN THE BACKYARD.