This is the little yellow bridge we cross on our way to Flanna's school each day. There's a tiny creek running under it. There are also apple trees to watch each week, to see how the apples are growing, and flowers that are in various stages of blooming, and dogs and cats and squirrels to see along our way. And there's a little koi pond at the back of the school beside where Robi parks his bike before we walk Flanna into the building. We have so much nature to see and experience--it's such a nice way to begin our day!
Usually, after we walk Flanna into school, Robi leaves from her school to bike into work. I usually walk back home, then hop into the car to head to work! It seems silly, and sometimes I wonder why I don't just drive her to school on my way into work! But then, I'd miss the chatting during our walk, the meeting of all our neat neighbors, the trek across the bridge, all the beautiful natural things we get to see, and most especially the little bit of exercise!
And what's more, the one time last week when I did drive Flanna into school rather than walking her in (it was rainy, and I had an early meeting to get to), she got a note on her behavior chart that she had a bit of a hard time staying on task during their morning meeting. So I think the morning walk and being "in nature" is good for her, as well!
|Flanna by her school koi pond|
What can you do to build "experiencing nature" into your daily routine?