My nephew Herbie is a joy! I love seeing the world through his eyes, especially since he is a keen observer of nature. He relates to plants, animals, stars, and the sky in such a beautiful and curious way. He is just really good at noticing, observing, and appreciating. Although, I think he thinks less of the insect world than all of the rest.
This Summer, I have had a couple of opportunities to camp with Herbie, and watching him engage with his environment - be it digging holes in the sand, talking to the trees, or laying in the grass and staring at the sky - he is content and full of wonder.
I am reminded of my brother Nick and I making mud pies behind our pop-up camper when we were his age. We were so delighted to have mud and sticks. There is a lot you can do with such things.
Anyway, this is a drawing of Herbie eating an ice cream cone at the campground last weekend.
Ice cream and camping equal two of my favorite aspects of Summer!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.