I had to run an errand that took me to the outskirts of town today. We were having an easy-going morning, getting chores and summer schoolwork done, but not needing to hurry or be chained to a schedule. We loaded into the truck and enjoyed the beautiful view of the nearby mountain range and the green valley as we drove.
The kids and I noticed that the place next to where our stop was had a field with some animals in it. I pulled the truck off the road and we giggled over a big, spotted pig who was oinking fiercely. We watched 2 peacocks strutting their stuff and saw a gaggle of geese marching around the pasture in a line. A curious llama poked his head out from behind a fence and Katri learned the name of a new animal.
After watching this eclectic brood for a while, we continued on and they decided to see how many different creatures they could spot on the drive home. We saw several horses and lots of cows, a red-winged blackbird, a robin, a dragonfly, some Golden Retrievers in the back of another vehicle, and Jer even saw a muskrat in a pond we passed.
Because we had the time to slow down and enjoy the journey, we had a veritable zoo experience in our "backyard." This summer, I would invite you to clear your schedule, take things slow, and relish the learning that happens simply by living.