I let her mix her own paints to come up with different colors and she discovered, much to her disappointment, that mixing a bunch of colors together turns out a yucky shade of brown. Cheers to hands on learning!
After painting cans for a couple of hours she took a break to feed peanuts to Jasper. I take different opportunities to impart my feelings about animal rights and I've read passages from Jane Goodall's books to her.
The evening ended with a hot bath to soak off all the paint. I turned off the lights and lit candles. She loved the ambiance. I think she would have stayed in the tub for hours if I let her! I introduce the concept of meditation and breathing in moments like that. I use it at bedtime too. She watched All Dogs Go To Heaven and then we read a story about a mommy and her new baby. She went to sleep without another peep. It was a good 4th of July ...
And today, July 5th, is a good day too, even though she had to go home early. We played catch for about an hour. I could see her begin to learn what it means when I would say like a mantra, "keep your eye on the ball." As soon as she actually followed the ball with her eyes, her hands began to grab the ball. It was fun to witness the smile on her face and that twinkle in her eye when she experienced success! Then I let her be my "leader" through the forest and we hiked for about another hour completely off road. She loves navigating up steep embankments! I love watching her work on her balance and persevere. When she reaches the top she beams. Being a grandma is such an amazing experience. I'm more present with her than I was with my own children. I'm more patient. I feel like I see the bigger picture ....
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I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
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