Celebrating the Natural World
When I was little, I loved when my grandmother came to visit. We would sleep outside, covered by a sheet of moonlight and a blanket of stars. During the day, we would walk barefoot in the canyon as she told me stories about all our plant and animal friends. I credit her for giving me eyes that see a world full of story and magic.
I’m sure that if Faunabelle would have been around during our adventures, my Baba would have pulled cards for the flowers and trees we stopped to admire and talk to. For a child—and for so many of us young at heart—the natural world brims over with plant spirits and invisible friends. One way to celebrate this while kindling imagination, is to pull cards.
She would have pulled cards for the flowers and trees we stopped to admire and talk to.
Here’s an idea: Take a child (or your inner child) to a natural place. Be on the look-out for a new friend: a caterpillar, a ladybug, a very tall weed, dandelion or shimmering tree. Ask your new friend what message it has for you. Pull a card and let the story unfold.
Written by Juanita Benedicto. Photograph by Ashley Light.
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