When the Nor'Easter was about halfway through dumping snow on us, Amaya was ready to go out and play. We bundled up and waded through the thick, heavy snow. As we were trudging along Amaya went off in a tangential direction. I stopped and watched her walk for a while. When she was 100+ feet away I yelled to her. "What are you doing? Where are you going?" She didn't miss a beat and responded "To save the trees Daddy."
This fall we planted 3 small apple trees. Amaya was part of the process: from planting them in the ground to daily waterings so they would take root and survive. She was connected. She was attached.
Amaya saw the power and strength of the storm. And she knew that she needed to free her trees from the heavy snow, gently brushing it off the bending branches. "So we can eat apples as a family." she informed me.
Connecting with your food makes a tremendous difference in how you look at it and how it makes you feel. Thanks to our almost 6-year old, the lesson was brought home to us again.