A Garden Day (Living Arrows)
I’m starting another photo adventure called Living Arrows, which is about celebrating childhood. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”.
I’ll share a few photos of both Shalini and Shivam from our week. These will be simple photos that capture a moment of childhood.
This week’s photos were taken a couple of days ago in the garden. I’ve had some health troubles lately so I didn’t want to venture far from home but as the kids are on holiday, I had wanted to take them out of the house for a while.
I asked them where they wanted to go but it was the hottest day of the year and they decided they wanted to stay at home and just have a ‘garden day’. That way they could come in when it got too hot and back out when they were feeling refreshed.
We dug into our old garden toy box. Most of the things in there are way too young for Shalini and Shivam. These are garden games and toys I bought for them when they were little. Now at twelve and eight, I couldn’t contemplate them being interested in them anymore.
I never got rid of them for sentimental reasons. I’m glad I didn’t because they emptied the entire box and put everything in the garden. Shivam quickly set up his old Spiderman tent and snuck inside.
We competed against each other in knocking down the cans and brought out the water guns and squirters.
They spent an hour or so in a good water fight and invented some funny target games. Shalini pulled the whole toy tunnel over herself and Shivam and I took it in turns to spray her. The kids then got into the Spiderman tent in turns and tried to soak the other with the squirter through the hole at the top.
It was such a fun day and I was glad we hadn’t gone out after all. The kids rediscovered their old toys and the whole day cost nothing. Who said summer holidays have to be full of expensive days out and activities?
Click here for The Ordinary Moments, another photo adventure.