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Gratitude for Our Hudson Forest Play Community: Week of November 20th

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

What Happened?

Being ill this week marked my first absence from Forest Play. Both Chey and Amanda's children were grappling with a wave of sickness, and unfortunately, Ian also fell victim to being ill. It seemed like a domino effect, and the thought of temporarily closing down crossed our minds. However, the ongoing public school strike led to an influx of new children entering our program, and our community was relying on us. This situation placed immense pressure on our team, particularly on my partner, Mei-Lyn.

Despite the challenges, we decided to follow our instincts and believe in the strength of our community for the sake of the children. I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for our community and marvelled at how everything seamlessly fell into place. The photos captured this week tell their own story, reflecting the sheer joy experienced in these shared moments.

What Does it Mean?

We're achieving remarkable things! Our community is truly extraordinary, and our dedicated team of teachers never ceases to inspire both me and your children.

Witnessing their skill in crafting engaging and positive curriculum stories left me in awe. Magical moments unfolded as your children explored the transforming forest, discovering treasures along the way.

A special acknowledgment goes to our newest member, Maggie Wilde, who embraced the opportunity to play a more significant role, warming my heart, mind, and spirit. Discovering Mary Vuorela, a master puppeteer, was a true gem! It reinforced my belief that gratitude is the best medicine; it not only healed but also attracted more blessings to be thankful for.

As the week concluded, celebrating at the Hudson Food Collective brought immense joy. Observing the group from the outside, I felt grateful for the chance to pause, be a spectator, and witness your children, teachers and families interacting, laughing, eating, and celebrating together. Ending the night with carol singing and the trees lighting up symbolized the powerful connections within our community, with the Town of Hudson—illuminating a path for your children and the world. Thank you.

What's Next?

As we embark on our final week together, my heart is brimming with joy at the prospect of spending our last days together in the forest for fall 2023. I can't help but wonder what creative paths and wonders your children will lead us through. How will the forest and weather unveil opportunities for new adventures, spark imaginations, and encourage exploration? Equally intriguing is how our interactions with each other will kindle playful stewardship within the forest environment.

Our plan is to be fully present in the forest, venturing deeper into its depths and reaching the shores of Sandy Beach Park. Along this journey, we'll pause to observe, listen, play, discover treasures, and foster connections with ourselves, nature, and one another. Each day will be a celebration, honouring our community, the joy of play, and the precious time we've shared together!

"Everyday is a blessing, and in each moment there are many things that we can be grateful for. The world opens up to us when we live in a space of gratitude. In essence, gratitude has a snowball effect. When we are appreciative and express that gratitude, the universe glows a bit brighter and showers us with even more blessings...we notice that every breath is a miracle and each smile becomes a gift." by Madisyn Taylor

"The boys creating their own game!" James, its fabulous to see their play come together.

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Mei-Lyn Freeman
Mei-Lyn Freeman
Nov 27, 2023

Gorgeous reflections from Matt this week. Thank you. I too feel ever so grateful to be on this journey with all of you. I experienced the snowball effect of gratitude last week as moments unfolded and were revealed like turning the page of a great story. All I needed to do was step forward, trusting in our path. As we built our winter tent yesterday at Le Nichoir for the coming season, people walked by and stopped to ask questions, wondering about our program, and engaged with us! It was a beautiful serendipitous time that provided further affirmation that we are on the right path, going in the right direction, all is flowing in a beautiful organic way with nature,…

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