A Walk in the Woods

Woodlands were the playground of my childhood.  Between us my brother and me had every wood within half an hour’s walk of us mapped and named, their features described and transformed.

The path through that closest to us became our train track.  There were hiding trees and camps, there were places where baddies lived and others from which we kept watch.

Yesterday I took Luca for a walk through the woods in which I used to play.  He’s not yet four and a half but he’s starting to make the transition from their being dark and menacing to becoming mysterious and exciting.  He’s beginning to turn them into a landscape of his own imagination.

It’s at times like this that I think we envy our children and remember what it was like to discover the world for the first time.

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3 Responses to A Walk in the Woods

  1. I think woods bring out the child in us because they are they are so easy to get lost in, like a child you have no overview or perspective, you can only see what is in front of you, and for that reason they are both terrifying and liberating.

  2. Heliotrope says:

    Super posts, and smashing photograph of Luca – it looks almost three-dimensional. The boys will be seriously envious of the tree house if (and when!) they ever get to see it: it is the one thing they’ve repeatedly requested, but living in a city with barely a garden, they’re out of luck. Unless the mad neighbours let us colonize their flimsy, probably-rabid black squirrel-infested dogwood…

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