Ha ha ha I do not know why, but after yesterday, I have been so excited to share my new rocks. I took the kids to a Native American Historical Site. It was one of my favorite places to go as a child. They have changed it a little since the last time I was there. Many of the items they brought inside making it more of an indoor museum. When I had gone, the huge land was covered with several replica homes and other historical areas to represent what it would have been like during that time around 1100 CE to 1450 CE.
When we arrived, I was overcome with wonderful memories.
I felt the same sense of belonging I had felt as a child. It is one of my happy places for sure. It brought me great comfort and warmth. I enjoyed going through and sharing all of the information about the culture with the kids. I was surprised at how much I remembered. I do not think they were as interested as I was. Maybe when they are older?? I was so excited to take them to the back where it is a huge grassy area. They had a couple of the replicas still up, but I found out that someone was trying to burn them down several years ago so they moved things inside and had to destroy what remained of the huts.
I find that to be a repulsive act.
Why would anyone do that? Oh, well. When the kids and I got out there the winds was raging. It was cold, but it was so much fun to be tossed by the wind. We all got to the grass and ran and ran. I felt like little Angel out there. I really forgot myself! The kids and I had a blast running and walking the trails. They all three saw a wonderful grassy hill and decided that they had to do this scene from Princess Bride. It is one of my favorite scenes in the movie besides this one.
They all rolled down the hill yelling, “As yooooouuuuuuu wiiiiiiissssssshhhhhhh.”
I laughed so hard. We walked around the trails, discovering deer tracks, rocks, and plants. I took a gazillion pictures. It was so fun. I am glad they enjoyed it as much me. We went into the gift shop and Daniel picked out a necklace with a green rock. He asked, “Can I have this mom? I really want to get this.” He never asks for things like that so I said yes. Each of them picked out a necklace. Then, I saw the bin of rocks! What is so funny is that the other day I was rubbing my purple shiny rock, thinking, “I wish I could find a place that had a whole bunch of rocks so I could get more.” I used to have a collection, but I lost them in one of our several moves.
I was ecstatic when I saw them shimmering.
They were right next to a giant window and glistened from the sun. We all had hands rummaging through the rocks feeling the cool smoothness of them. I think I could have stayed there all day running my fingers through the rocks -searching for the best rock in the world. I ended up buying two small bags of rocks. Daniel found one big green one and was happy with that. Joshua found several blue ones, Ariel and I picked out a variety. She and Joshua have them already hidden away so no one can get them. In the last, few days I gained a couple of treasures that make me smile. My rocks, a stuffed Luna cat from Sailor Moon, and The Tale of Genji.
I love days like yesterday.
I really love it when I am reminded of good childhood memories. They mean so much to be able to share them with my kids. When we came home, Ariel insisted that she now wants to live like our native ancestors “Because we have their blood in us and we should know what it is like.” Joshua and Ariel changed their clothes to the best of their ability to fit the image and all three of them turned Joshua’s room into their village. She has asked me to locate movies about them and find things that will give her their history. I had better go work on that. My mom would laugh so hard if she heard her I am certain my mom heard the same things coming from me.
Picture time! (I know it is a ridiculous amount. I cannot help it!)