Tuesday, June 23, 2015
March- I have not forgotten
I made it a point to take the kids out "hiking" and exploring every Wednesday for the month of March. I ignored the voice inside my head telling me that "it wouldn't be as epic if you weren't pregnant or if you didn't have the minis with you". Such terrible and gruesome voices. Though they continued to speak, it was in the dust of my heels as the kids and I tramped across urban trails.
First up- the familiar stomping ground of Echo Canyon. Obviously we couldn't hike the main trail because we weren't wearing sports bras or sipping from Camelbacks. So we decided to visit the hollowed out lair of the dragon. Shaded by the shadow of its threshold, I told Ender the legend of the cursed dragon who sleeps under the mountain the people mistakenly call Camelback. Truly, if you bend your minds eye you can clearly see the shape of a defeated but bitter dragon resting and biding his time for when the curse wanes and he wakens to wreak havoc on modern society. (his great great great something of a dragon slayer relative fended off the dragons of the desert and there are dragon relics and abandoned caves all over this city! Look it up, its real. )
Well, at that point Ender did not want to go to the cave. Huh, I wonder why. But I assured him, that there was one who would defeat the beast.
"ME!" he cried out. "But after daddy teaches me how to use a sword"
"Of course Ender" I smile.
"And, if we go over there, our steps won't wake him up?"
"Oh no, he can't wake up until you turn.... 16 or something" - I fumbled for an answer.
Cora tagged a long nicely with Ender. I think he keeps her around for dragon bait, should the time come.
That was a good outing. I legitimately lost the trail, but Ender's sharp mind found it in no time and I made sure to praise his keen leadership.