While walking this week a friendly neighbor waved us over. We were walking close to our house but in an area I don’t normally go because of the very busy street. But this day the children wanted a change of pace. Now I must say that when it comes to my children I am a bit cautious (OK alot cautious). So when this strange man waved us over inviting us into his yard I wasn’t all that comfortable. But I also do not want my distrust to color my children, at least not yet. After all there is plenty of time to learn to distrust, now is the time to build it. So cautious we went. What a treat we found and for once trust paid off.
See he had discovered a nature find he was so excited about he just had to share it and we were the lucky recipients. This is what we saw.
The man told us that this was a chesnut tree and the squirrels were preparing for winter as you can see by stuffing every nook and cranny of the dead part of the tree with chesnuts for later. He went on to tell us how he enjoyed “chesnuts roasting over an open fire,” and how his father used to make rings from the shells. I was so glad we stopped.