Day 4_July 11, 2018
There are not many things that are better than witnessing a barefooted two-year-old walk through the forest led by another two-year-old with confidence, excitement, and fearlessness.
I wear many hats these days….camp director, childcare giver, art educator, Aunt Alice, Ms. Alice. Since moving back to the Asheville area in the last year (Marshall, officially), I have been taking care of my niece and nephew and a few of their friends a couple days a week. When I first started, my nephew and his dear little companion both couldn’t talk. Now, almost a year later, they have long conversations together, most of which I understand, some of which is still a beautiful mystery to me. My heart is full with the thought of these two growing up as friends and neighbors, and I hope to be witness to the evolution of their friendship for many years to come. And I hope they will continue leading and being led by each other effortlessly.
“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.”
- Erik H. Erikson