There is nothing like a cantankerous child to ruin a magical moment. You have slipped out for a nature walk, young one in tow, and just when you found what you thought you were looking for the child in the stroller turns into a banshee. It only takes one wild yell to chase off every living being in the area and completely destroy your newly found center. Yep, that is exactly what happened to me today.
Superman and I had Miss Busy down by the river and in all fairness, we should have known better. It was past naptime, but it was such a beautiful day- how could we resist?! All was pretty well at first and she happily rode down the path perched on her daddy's shoulders. It was when I paused and exclaimed, "Wild Sage!" Prairie sage/Wild sage is native to this region and can be used like white sage. More about the in a herbology post, this is a parenting ramble. Things started going downhill. Of course, this is one of the local plants I have been on the lookout for and I was all ready to harvest a bit. By the time I had procured permission and left a small gift, all hell had broken loose. We left quickly with a screaming little girl and one small branch of sage.
I have to admit that I was really disappointed to walk away from the potential smudge sticks just waiting beside the trail. I had already envisioned the beautiful sage tied into pretty little bundles, drying in my pantry. It was tempting to let my failed harvest become a sore spot in the day, but when I scrolled through the days photos on my camera I knew that no time had been wasted. Not only do I now know where to find sage I'll go long before naptime in the future and arm myself with snacks, but we also enjoyed a beautiful walk, found an abandoned birds nest, picked out a campsite for later in the season, and made a few memories.
Also, the older children have taught me just how fleeting the baby stage really is. It will not be long before Miss Busy is no longer available to join me on daily walks. She will have school and friends and activities clamoring for the moments that are currently all mine. Then I will have all the time I need to gather herbs, commune with nature, and just be...but I will miss her.