You know what I love about September? Back to school sales. Pumpkin everything. Crisp Fall air. Changing leaves.
BUT, we don’t have any of that here. September rolls on like every other month. The weather doesn’t change. There is no “Back to School” aisle in the store. There definitely aren’t Pumpkin Spice Lattes and changing leaves.
There was a time that I dreaded this time of year in Papua…because I desperately missed Fall. But somehow, I have nearly forgotten that there are parts of the world that are turning toward cool right now. I haven’t even bought a pumpkin yet (I’m pretty sure I bought a pumpkin on Aug 31 last year, just to be ready to say “Hello September!” I guess I’m adjusting to this tropical living thing. It’s about time really, we’ve lived here for 6 years now.
Anyway, what I really intended to write about on this post is Preschool! Since Ethan (our 5 year old neighbor) is now fully into Kindergarten, his younger brother and sister come and hang out with Elias and me every morning while Ethan is homeschooled. It’s not really Preschool per-say…but let’s just say that it is. Elias loves to “do school”, so I’m trying to keep that enthusiasm going for the day that he really does have to “do school” for realsies.
Last week in Preschool, after reading “Going on a Bear Hunt,” we made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and went on a bear hunt around base. We found a lot of pretty flowers, tiny ants, and some frogs, but no bears.
Our hunt was momentarily put on pause while we waved goodbye to the daddies who were headed out on their second flight of the day.
The best discovery of our bear hunt was this fantastic pile of old fuel drums. The kids quickly tossed aside their “noculars” and spent a good 30 minutes climbing all over these things.
Who needs a playground when you can get tetnus from rusty fuel drums instead…just kidding…I hope.
Yep, they got filthy dirty, but they had fun. And Elias has asked to go back to play on the fuel drums every day since!