Happy August everyone!!
And thanks for the link. You'd think with an August 1st bday it would have been obvious to me that it WAS August...nope.
We asked eldest child what he wanted to do with his birthday (our tradition) and he asked to if we could 'please go to the beach.' We live close enough to the Chesapeake Bay to go to the beach 2 or 3 times each year and we'd only been once so far.
So we collected ourselves, snacks, swim trunks and headed out. When we stopped along the way for food I told the wee ones about Lammas/Lughnasadh and talked about how grateful I am for the food that we have to eat.
We also talked about how important the sun is to the whole 'food growing endeavor' and how appropriate it was that we were also going to be doing some Lammas-sun-worshippping at the beach.
While we were at the beach (and the wee ones were gleefully playing in the waves) I was digging my toes deep in to the hot sand and thinking about all the riches before me. There was the beautiful, hot, life-giving sun and the even more awesome great breeze to keep us from sweltering.
I thought much about Mother Earth and Father Sun. But as I watched wave after wave come lapping up to us at the water's edge, I also thought about Sister Moon and her constant influence on many things, including the movement of the waters all around Mother Earth.
One time when the wee ones were near me digging in the sand (jellyfish spotted in the water and they needed to give it time to move on) we talked about the difference between soil and sand and why food doesn't grow on the beach. At their ages (10, 6, 2) all these mini-lessons must be both short and very, very concrete.
On the drive back home we were blessed with a wonderful, clear view of Sister Moon.
What a fantastic day.
Clay...I hope you are in labor or very soon to be...