I started walking again in January around my new neighborhood in the mornings. I used to walk over a year ago and I had to stop, I’ll share about that another time. It felt so good to be back at it again. It’s a great time to think, reflect, wonder and just be in the moment with no distractions.
As I walk I am looking at other people’s yards and their set ups, trees, dirt, flowers, the sky, airplanes, and most of all the amazing view from way up here ✨
I don’t take photos everyday, however here’s a snippet of the last four months. I love seeing the changes of the season! The photos aren’t in order… perhaps I’ll fix it one day.
As I walk I wonder, how long have they lived in that house for? How did they bring all that rock to their house? How much time they spend on yard work, oh that’s a steep driveway just like mine…..
What kind of plant is this, I really like it, I need to get some… oh I just found out it’s an invasive species and it can be harmful if touched.
Ooh is this the wild asparagus I hear about? It’s not but sure looks like it…
I noticed this family chopped their trees down from the front of their house and chipped the logs and they used the wood chips on the ground in front of their trees, it smells so fresh.
I wonder where these people got their address sign, I want one…
I should grab some more bulrushes… oh maybe not, that was really not such a great idea last time…. 😅
Think about the times you have wondered and what you were doing and how you felt about your thoughts, how you validate them and process them. Now think about children and their wonderings. So often they are disregarded as meaningless and insignificant. We tend to brush it off and hurry on and give them the technical answer. We need to stop doing that. We need to relish in their moment with them and truly listen and get into their world with them.
Often I will share my wonder with the children. I wonder why this water is so cold. I wonder why this flower died? I wonder why we have to wear shoes? Sometimes they look at me like I’m silly and shrug it off and sometimes they truly have suggestions for me and we have some great meaningful conversations. When they tell me their wonderings or ask me why, I will often reply, “I wonder, what do you think”…. and dive right into a conversation with them, sometimes for a just a moment and sometimes longer.
The next time you are wondering, say it out loud to who you are with, have that discussion with them, open the conversation, relish the rich connection that will follow, be in that moment and you will experience the joy of having someone relish in your wonderings, and visa versa; open your mind to their wonderings, relish in their moments ✨
Angela Roy, Early Childhood Educator
My family moved to Lake Country in November 2021. After 9 years of operating my preschool from downtown Kelowna, I opened up my preschool from my home in February 2022.
I will often post on my preschool Facebook page stories about my preschool and things we are doing etc. But then I decided I should utilize my webpage and start writing on here. I am in no means a professional writer, but wanted to give it a shot. There may be grammar and spelling mistakes, and I’m ok with that (please do not shame me for this!)
This is me, in the moment and sharing a part of my life alongside my preschool program. Feel free to comment and share your words with me if you choose. Happy reading ✨