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Walking In Her Footsteps

January 8, 2013 - Jen Zbozny
The lingering icy snow in the yard today had the most perfectly satisfying crunch. Gleefully we stamped about in it, enjoying the feel of sun sparkling on our faces and into the snow. I suspect I had as much fun as Eve today. We romped about making hearty, thorough crrrr-ack sounds as we kicked up icy chunks. Then we invented a delightful game.

It all started when I realized we had left only one set of footprints in the snow on our way to pre-school. I had carried her. I took a picture of those tracks because it won't be too long before she'll be too big and too cool to come near me, let alone scoop her up, laughing and tickling, and holding her close.

The squirrels and bunnies had left prints too. Naturally, we began to walk in THEIR footprints. With utter delight we tried to figure if we walked in the path of only one very busy creature or perhaps there had been many bunnies and birds in our trek. Their tracks led us all over the yard, under the lilac bush where we found remnants of our peanut-butter and pine cone bird feeder, around a fir tree, right up to a cozy little spot under what will be glorious forsythia come spring.

It's an excellent way to go exploring with your kids. Creatures don't tend to leave tracks into the street, so it's a safe adventure and can lead to wonderful discussions about where animals live in winter and how they store food.

And for you mamas out there, it will make you wonder how many of those tracks were made by mama bunnies holding baby bunnies close for one more walk to bunny preschool. I hope, if you find yourself following creature tracks sometime soon, wherever they lead you to walk or think, it makes a glorious memory for you to hold close forever.


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