For who has despised the day of small things? - Zechariah 4:10
So, this day started out like so many others. I'm walking by the woods near the school at 5:45 a.m. and I see a familiar sight - strangers quickly parking their cars and entering the woods with knives! I tell myself, "Today I will solve this mystery."
|a nature journal I like for inspiration|
I introduce myself and begin asking questions. Sam and his Grandmother are from Laos. They are in the woods this morning gathering mushrooms! They make soup with them everyday. Sam answered all my questions. Here's what he told me:
-don't pick the grey ones. And if the rice turns grey that you cook them with, don't eat them
-he called them "cottonwood mushrooms" because they only grow under cottonwood trees
-he could feel with his feet the smallest mushroom buttons growing under the leaves
-he could get $10.00 per sandwich baggie for these
-he used to pick by Cottonwood Lake, but now they spray and have killed off the mushrooms over there
I brought home a mushroom and a leaf from the cottonwood tree for a nature notebook entry.
This raises all sorts of questions for me, such as
1. Why do they pick in the early morning?
2. Are there cottonwood trees in Laos?
3. What exactly is the relationship between the cottonwood and the mushroom?
4. What type of mushroom is it, exactly?
And you know, I did look up some of these answers, but it's okay to not answer them all. I will find out in time.
|I love these older Golden Nature Guides!|
Charlotte Mason said in the section titled, "Mothers and Teachers should Know About Nature", that
The mother cannot devote herself too much to this kind of reading, not only that she may read tit-bits to her children about matters they have come across, but that she may be able to answer their queries and direct their observations. And not only the mother, but any woman, who is likely ever to spend an hour or two in the society of children, should make herself mistress of this sort of information; the children will adore her for knowing what they want to know, and who knows but she may give its bent for life to some young mind designed to do great things for the world. 1.65I encourage moms to keep their own nature notebook and do their own reading. It's that example that may make all the difference in your school and life. (And as you can see, it isn't about your artistic abilities!) The kids were tickled that "mom talked to the people with knives!", and they listened to my tale and watched me work in my notebook. What happened next? Well, Marit (dd14) suggested that some mushrooms might taste good with our steaks this evening and could I show her the spot and let her find some?
|DD14 with her found treasure!|
Just this one small thing turns into something that isn't small at all. Pretty cool coming from this momma who has been warned since childhood never to pick wild mushrooms and who has steered clear of them for most of her life.
From joy to joy,
P.S. - I guess if you don't hear from me again, you'll know exactly what happened! ;-)