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A Change of Scenery

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Happy Thursday! Where has the week gone?

Yesterday, Melissa and I spent the day in Cincinnati with our families. It was a busy day packed full of fun. Perhaps one of us will blog about our day at a future time, but today I wanted to share about another adventure that my family had just last week.

After college, one of my best buddies from high school got married and moved to the country. When you grow up in an extremely urban area, the definition of “country” can be misinformed. However, grabbing a few items from Walmart is at least a 40 minute affair for her (a 20 minute drive one-way), so I think it is safe go ahead and toss her home in the rural category.

While living in a rural place does not afford you some of the conveniences of a larger town, city, or suburb, there is something about the country life that resonates with my soul. During our visit, I was constantly making a mental note of how peaceful her home felt. It was quiet (well, besides a few rowdy kids and an occasional dog bark), and life just seemed simple.

And my kids…

Is there a better prescription for childhood than open air, rocks and sticks, and tons of land to explore? I think not. The country allows for all of those things, and my babes took full advantage.

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My sweet friend was also gracious enough to give us the ultimate country experience, complete with a visit to a farm. We saw and interacted with chickens, a baby goat, cows, horses, and combines. Oh my! While my kids steered clear of petting the animals, they loved looking at them and walking around and with them. They also had the opportunity to climb in a combine. I was blown away by how enormous those things are!

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I share all this because I was reminded that a simple change in scenery is such an adventure for kids. Just being somewhere new–soaking up new things to see, touch, and feel–was so exciting for all three of my little ones. Our day wasn’t packed full of planned activities, and it didn’t need to be. Just simply ‘testing out new waters’, so to speak, was instant fun. And as a bonus, I got to catch up with my girlfriend.

I want to encourage you to change up the scenery with your kids. If you live in a large town or city (or even a suburban area like us, for that matter), consider spending a day at a friend or loved-ones’ home who lives in a rural area. If you live in the country, I bet your children would love taking a stroll downtown (I recommend the Cultural Trail if you are in Indy). These trips don’t have to be–and shouldn’t be in my opinion–costly. Just being outside, exploring new territory, and seeing new sights is a wonderful way to stimulate your kids’ imagination and creativity.

Where are some places you go with your kids to get a change of scenery? We would love to hear!

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2 thoughts on “A Change of Scenery

  1. I take my grandsons to turtle release programs when they come to Florida to visit. This means time at the beach at night. Different and fun….

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