Yesterday we took a break from the gardens and the neighborhood. Ten kids and a handful of adults left the noise, traffic and concrete of Pittsfield. We were transported to a new neighborhood, where we climbed into canoes for an adventure down the Housatonic River in Lenox. We felt small as we paddled through the shadows of rolling hills and huge trees. Our new neighbors? Frogs, ducks, beavers, muskrats, spiders, snakes, and many other critters.
We also got to know each other in a different light. Not at the playground, basketball court or street where we normally see each other. We met in canoes, paddled together, observed wildlife together, encouraged each other to move to the ‘right’ or ‘left’, and shared an adventure.
We stepped away from the brawls that sometimes stifle our streets. We momentarily forgot the bravado, and slipped into the magic of splashing water and turtles.
It was a good day. Thank you Massachusetts Audubon Society!