Into Something Better – November 2017 – Ontario Canada

November 30, 2017

Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

We as a group of artist mothers from all over the world are making it our priority to turn off the tv/video games so that we can give our children the sacred experience to connect with the fast disappearing natural world. We will freelense our adventures into the wild and share them through this monthly project.

On a drizzly Sunday afternoon in early November, bribed away from screens with popsicles, we ventured across the field of winter wheat to where the bush and the corn stubble meet. There children became children again. They climbed and balanced. They poked things, threw things, collected things. They looked with eyes wide open at the changing seasons. Fall on the ground, but still green peering through at us. We noticed and we saw. It was the most glorious of fall afternoons.

Up next in our little circle is Kelly Sutton and her family’s Thanksgiving spent in Yosemite National Park (I know I am more than a little jealous!)

Up next in our little circle is Kelly Sutton and her family’s Thanksgiving spent in Yosemite National Park (I know I am more than a little jealous!)

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  • Kelly Sutton December 1, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Look at those wide open spaces! What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Oh, how I would love to have a walk like this outside my door. and I love how you describe “the children became children again”…isn’t that the honest truth. Beautiful collection of images, Sherri.

    • Sherri_Davis December 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      the sky goes on forever, it is actually a little dizzying sometimes.

  • cindycavanagh December 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I love all the pop of colours and the joy that you captured on a grey day. It lifts the spirit.

    • Sherri_Davis December 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      I wish it had been blue skies and puffy clouds, but winter is usually pretty dismal around here, so we’ll take what we can.

  • Barb December 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Oh what a beautiful set Sherri! I love your words too – “where children became children again” describes it so perfectly. The curiosity, wonder and joy is evident in their faces. Cartwheels in the corn field, mismatched shoes and gloves, raindrops, such beautiful details. The one where you daughter is getting a piggyback ride really grabbed my heart.

  • kate605 December 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Gorgeous images. Love the mismatched shoes and gloves and that golden, beautiful corn cob!

    • Sherri_Davis December 1, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Aren’t those shoes awesome lol. They are such a part of his character

  • leajones December 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Sherri! Such beautiful images and they are exactly how i remember spending November afternoons with my parents. love the light and the mood. and the beautiful corn.