Wednesday, October 27, 2010

these days

Is it work or is it play? We are drawn outdoors these days, trying to take in the last of the light, putting up our own to ease the transition from day to night.

If I stay inside when the sun goes down so early, watching as the lights inside begin to reflect back in the windows, it feels a bit gloomy... and so most days find us out back come sundown, feeding the flames.

The children like to imagine that they are keepers of the fires for a whole village, guarding the embers and keeping them alive. They wonder what it was like for the centuries of human existence before lighters and matches (not to mention furnaces). It seems like such simple play now, but was once such important work.