I'm currently reading several books. One of them is Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. I admit that the book makes me want to force Hunter to play outside more. Luckily, I'm not having to force him. He's taking the initiative on his own. He is very interested in caring for the new plants we have. Yesterday he helped me plant the veggies and herbs into our raised garden bed. He volunteered to put socks on so that his legs and ankles weren't exposed to sun and then he climbed into the now enclosed (we have bunnies) bed, plopped down in the dirt, and helped me dig holes and gently place the plants into the holes and then cover and pat them with loose soil. Once we were finished we just sat for a little while, admired our work, and then prayed. And then I noticed that he was in the best mood for the rest of the day.
I just so happened to read the chapter about children and depression today and I feel strongly that perhaps I can help relieve him from his symptoms of depression by getting him outside more often. Also, I think he could use some exercise. He is starting to initiate the exercise on his own... wandering around the yard, jumping on the trampoline, jumping from the cedar chest to the bean bag chair, trying to ride his bike. But in reality, it's simply not enough. I have got to get my act together and start designating outdoor games to play and then actually playing with him. I would love ideas and feedback about fun, easy outdoor games that would provide some light and much needed exercise for my boy.
While Hunter was in Florida, he fell in love with his great grandmother's little dog. He has since then really been pushing us to get him a dog. He also thoroughly enjoyed riding on a boat while he was gone. I'd love to find a friend who has access to a boat for him to enjoy.