John was driving home the other day and this is the scene he stumbled upon. The boys had found a mulberry tree in a neighbor's yard and you can figure out the rest. When I saw these pictures, my heart just flooded with joy. There is nothing that bring me more happiness as a mother than to see my children fully engaged in the world around them. When they are out in nature completely saturated with purpose of their own making everything is as it should be. There is no medal or award given out and there is no one standing watch to tell me that they are above average, gifted, or smart. There is no honor roll or star that they get to pin to their chest for being the best at playing. No, the beauty is that they are engaged and focused at the task at hand without anyone there to tell them how to do it or how not to do it. They are in the continuum and the award they get comes from within. And instead of a metal, that Mulberry tree gave them the best prize of all. Sweet juicy Mulberries!
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