On Tuesdays, all Newton schools get out at 12:30 instead of 3. Rather than fill this free-time with extracurricular classes, I decided to reserve these afternoons for “adventures with Mom.” Yesterday, the kids chose to go to their old favorite, Drumlin Farm.
The first few hundred times I took the kids to this interactive farm in Lincoln, MA, I dutifully took my camera and documented special moments with animals. Now, I just bring my iPhone.
But despite the fact that we had been there before, the kids, Instagram, and I found new ways of viewing and interacting with this dynamic environment. There was a beautiful, new, yellow, sheep barn. We found a toad, picked the last remaining raspberries. Dispersed feathers from molting wild turkeys provided a rare treasure hunt. And in the late afternoon the tractor – retired from the day’s hayrides – was parked in the barn. The light was gorgeous.
In short, we had a wonderful time. Being able to discover new ways of seeing old favorites is truly one of life’s greatest gifts.