From the moment I first met Theo, I knew I was dealing with someone wild, earthy and physical. He is a little boy so full of kinetic energy that you can almost see him vibrate at times. His physical nature is like another person, it has that much of a presence. And my dear, sweet, wild boy, lives to be outside.
Four has been a good age for us. I’ve seen Theo grow and thrive so much this summer as a four year old. I’ve marveled at his boyness, his energy and his absolute delight in all things natural. Theo, more than anyone or anything else, reminds me of all the things I loved about being a kid. He reminds me what it means to enjoy life. To enjoy the natural world. And to have fun getting dirty.
Today was a special day because we got to have a Theo-Mommy date, just the two of us. We have a few black raspberry bushes in our yard and Theo has enjoyed picking them clean each day and stuffing his face full of berries. For our date, I thought it would be fun to take him to a real berry farm where he could really do some damage.
We headed to our local berry farm, grabbed a bucket, and started picking. When we are outside, we don’t have to worry about Theo breaking anything. He can run, climb and enjoy the space and freedom that he can’t experience when we are inside. (Winters with this kid are like living in a hamster cage with a hyena. Soooo much fun, let me tell ya.)
Theo loved picking berries, and would stop every now and then to taste a few. In a short time, we had a bucket full of juicy blueberries, absolutely bursting with summer flavor.
Before heading home, we stopped at my favorite place for a quick treat, our local food co-op. I sat on a sofa with a scone and a cup of coffee to watch Theo play. From time to time he would walk over and take a bite out of his chocolate chip cookie before returning to the toys.
At one point, as he had a mouth full of cookie, I said, “Theo, I love you. You’re such a great kid.”
Theo smiled a chocolatey smile and replied, “You know what mommy?”
“I love you, mommy. You’re such a good kid.”
The sign outside of Moreland’s Fruit Farm says, “Live Happily.” No one is happier than Theo, and no one inspires me to live happier, than he does. Such simple pleasures, such simple truths.