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Summer Fun

Dear Co-op Families,

As we give hugs and fondly say, “See you later!” I want to wish you all a lovely, playful summer. Be sure to save plenty of time for your children to freely explore all that this wonderful time of year has to offer. Maybe enjoy some of the following:

• Walk aimlessly along the nature trails at the Eddy Discovery Center or any of the other 50+ miles of hiking trails in the Waterloo Recreation Area.
• Take a bathing suit or fishing pole to spend a day exploring lakes in the Pinkney Recreation Area.
• Stroll around town to celebrate our local music, art, and food during Chelsea’s Sounds and Sights.
• Arrange play dates at our Local Parks, maybe sending boats downstream at Lett’s Creek or catching a vintage baseball game Timbertown.
• Explore the wilderness of your own backyard.

I’d like to pass along a poem that I enjoyed as a child, but recently found that I appreciate it in different way as an adult. When I was young I was attracted to its whimsical phrases, but now I love the message of childlike exploration. Happy summer, everyone!
Foreign Lands
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I hold the trunk with both my hands
And looked abroad on foreign lands.

I saw the next door garden lie,
Adorned with flowers, before my eye,
And many pleasant places more
That I had never seen before.

I saw the dimpling rivers pass
And be the sky’s blue looking glass;
The dusty roads go up and down
With people tramping into town.

If I could find a higher tree
Farther and farther I should see,
To where the grown-up river slips
Into the sea among the ships,

To where the roads on either hand
Lead onward into fairyland,
Where all the children dine at five,
And all the playthings come alive.