A week or so ago (yeah, I'm a busy mom and it takes me forever to blog. We'll all get over it) we had some friends over for a playdate, and Theo hosted a nature walk. Totally his doing. The other kids wanted to be George of the Jungle on the rope swing and play with the Brio trains, but Theo insisted that we were going. So, we did. He led all of us (two Mommies and three kids) down to the woods and showed off all of his points of interest...where the tree fell and he and his buddy made a fort, where he and Daddy tapped the maple trees for sap in the spring, where we found a dead deer last fall and what's left of its bones, the swinging vines, and finally the main attraction...the Beech Tree.
He was SO excited to show his friends the giant beech tree in the woods below our property. It is a rather impressive and old tree. He showed them beech nuts in the litter beneath the tree, and showed them how to open them carefully to get the seed. He then told them the different ways to start their own beech tree...either by germinating the seed or by transplanting a sapling. He was so full of enthusiasm and joy, sharing his knowledge with others. I couldn't have been more proud.