I've noticed a trend lately among many parents in my area, if the weather is above 70 degrees they all keep their children inside and the playgrounds are empty. As a mother of a 6 year old boy (an only child), this gets frustrating. I try to make it a point to get outside each day with him but when the playground is empty, I have to provide all of his entertainment. (And if I am being honest, he has a lot more energy than me as I am still learning how to re-walk on a recently fractured foot) I don't mind this too badly but its a shame that we live in an area with beautiful wetlands, wonderful trails, many playrounds and park benches and yet the children are always missing until almost sunset.
So today I told my son that we would go on our first real nature walk and he could collect leaves and such to bring home and we would make a collage picture with them. He loved that idea. I use to do them all the time for cheap entertainment with my Grandmother as a child. It's one of the many ways she encouraged a deep love for the outdoors, creativity, and art at a young age.
We also decided today to bring Midsummer offerings to the Sidhe, he choose some cherries (his favorite fruit right now) and I brought a sun shaped cookie that my husband and I made together for Midsummer offerings. We wandered a bit off the trail to an wetland area with beautiful cattails sticking up and placed our offerings. Kiddo and I spoke warm wishes to the the Sidhe this Summer Solstice and thanked them for their friendship, I also gave offering to those Sidhe who are of darker ways in thanks for their avoidance of me and my family.
After, while kiddo played for a while, I consulted my Faerie Oracle deck for a Midsummer message/omen from the Sidhe. I received the card "Little Boy Blue"
The Little Boy Blue card stands for Hope, new beginnings, excitement, dreams coming true, celebration, and the return of the soul. So many happy things!! I interpret this for myself as a message of celebration of the freedom I have this midsummer in my break from school and recovery from my broken foot. The message that I should be excited, I should celebrate, learn and grow (like a new child does with every little new wonder). I lit up when I saw the card because it is genuinely fitting for me right now. Since school ended I have been creative and artistic, I have been able to read for recreation and for personal growth, I have been able to meditate, I have been OUTSIDE! My foot is healed enough that I can WALK! Im a long ways from running, but I can walk again among the trees and speak to the flowers and wind in the ways that make me feel most alive. I interpret the message of the Sidhe as understanding that so many shackles have been removed from me and I am like a baby, born again to learn and explore everything around me. Such a perfect Midsummer message <3