Tuesday afternoon the kids and I were having a typical walk through the woods. Nothing out of the ordinary. Pierson was carrying his latest sword. (He is going to be a pirate for Halloween... hence the new sword). Maylin was carrying her new photo album her wallet and a pencil to "Draw nature". Again nothing out of the ordinary.
... Then it happened. "KER PLUNK!" We heard a unusually loud splosh in the water. Hmm... I thought maybe a bull frog? But I saw no evidence of one swimming away. OK? "Continue on," I figured thought.
... "KER PLUNK!" again there were rings in the water but nothing moving. I was a bit baffled because I couldn't figure out what would be making such a thud without me seeing evidence. I was curious... not alarmed, just curious. After staring at the water for a couple of minutes waiting for it to happen again I gave up. But of course as soon as I turn my head. "KER PLUNK"
I don't know what tipped the kids off. Was it my reaction or were they finding the plop and ripples as fascinating as I was? I'll never really know but their reactions were priceless!
With the slightest shake of her head, wink and subtle grin Maylin looked at me as if to say, "Silly Pierson, there are no such thing as pirates." Followed by a very confident,
"MERW-MAID! Come out Merw-Maid!
"I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see."