We have almost finished our first month of
programming at Nature in Mind,
and already I am amazed at the resiliency
I have witnessed with my group of preschool
kids in St Albert.
The beautiful blue sky days and warm sunshine this fall are very welcome after a summer of Alberta rain. The sound of crunching leaves, golden yellow leaves and mums still in bloom make the transition from summer to autumn enjoyable. In our family, fall is one of our favorite seasons. We are fortunate to have a generous neighbour with a beautiful apple tree and each September we fill a wagon full of delicious crunchy red apples to bring home. The weekend is spent making apple jelly, apple chutney, apple sauce and juice. Our house fills with the sweet scent of the apples, mixed with cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Our three children make labels for the jars and decorate them with stickers. They then load jars of jelly into their wagon to deliver to our neighbours. This has become a beautiful tradition that helps to mark the changing of seasons from summer to fall. Gift giving is an important aspect of this tradition as with the fall harvest we find many neighbors happy to share their garden bounty with us. This act of gift giving is a way to build community, provide a sense of belonging and fosters a bond between us all.