Wednesday, August 27, 2014

say anything... and the last child in the woods

"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."
-from the 1989 movie Say Anything

*one of the books that inspired this website

At a party recently, I had a conversation with a guy I had just met and after I explained the basic premise of this website he had this to say: "What in the hell are you talking about? You're not using ads or selling anything?! Why are you not selling anything?!" As he fussed and fumed, the movie Say Anything (and the quote above) came to mind.

If you had a website and you could say anything, what would you use it to say? My one true mission for this site is just simply to share information about great local programs, people, and places that encourage the development of children. I draw on 16 years as a Charleston resident for inspiration. I pull from 10 years as a mother and a lifetime as a teacher and nanny. I'm not an expert in anything, but I do know that children are all the same. Their needs have been the same since the beginning of time. One of those needs is to have the freedom to connect with nature and time to roam around outside at their leisure. That's a freedom that's hard to come by these days. With shrinking neighborhoods, long bus rides to and from school, budget cuts that shave off recess time and dismiss physical education programs, and the magnetic pull of all things electronic, it's now up to parents more than ever to set boundaries and find ways to engage our kids outside to discover the same truths we learned from our backyards and neighborhoods as kids. 

I hope you will use this ad-free, quiet space to discover places your children can explore with a few recipes, books, history, and random stories thrown in for good measure. As always, thanks for reading. I appreciate each and every one of you for coming along for the ride.

my son fearlessly floating downstream after playing for hours with nothing but a handful of rocks

a quiet, solitary summer hike

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