“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


A magic potion. Secret ingredients? Eye of newt and the hair of a unicorn.

Potions have become of Rowan's favorite new activities. This is something that Aaron loved to do as a kid, and now she is carrying on the tradition. We put a mixing bowl and spoon in the sink and let her go to town with adding ingredients and stirring them together to make a magic brew. She likes to use spices, food coloring, bits of food from the cupboards, and especially any kind of cooking oil, which makes instant bubbly gook on the surface of the potion. I am always surprised at how long she will spend tweaking her concoctions and stirring...it's a great time-suck, like at the end of the day when the last 15 minutes until Aaron comes home feels like forever. So, maybe it is magical after all--saving my sanity while occupying her!

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