This is the school yard I played in at recess when I was very young. To the right is my first elementary school. It’s much larger now from a couple of additions and kids being bussed in.
Between us and the bungalows in the distance, just to the left there, between the trees and the telephone poles in the distance, is a path that leads down into the ravine that we used to refer to as “down the woods.” I can’t count the number of hours we spent down there as kids – exploring, getting muddy, climbing trees, wading in marshy ponds, catching bugs and frogs and spiders.
I walked down there this week for the first time in 20 years.
It’s amazing how much a forest will change when you’re not looking.