“Kristin, it’s going to rain today so you need to bring your rain-pants for your day in the forest.” Here in Norway the kids spend a day a week in the forest, doing school there. It’s amazing how much more they learn about biology, science and the kind by actually being in it rather than reading about it in books. To observe an ant hill where the ant hills live, for example. To smell the wet leaves and learn about fall, for example. Along with learning, there is plenty of time to play and climb trees and overcome obstacles. But there is a very, very, super important rule: Be dressed right!
Kristin’s face got a funny look. “What? You don’t like your rain-pants?” “Well, actually mom, the are fine. It just depends on my hair.” “What?!” “Well, you see those rain-pants only look good on me if my hair is braided in two straight braids.” “Really?” “Yes, it’s hard to explain, but it’s just like that.”
When it comes to Kristin and clothes I know better than to argue. I looked at her and said: “Well, if I braid your hair, will you bring your rain-pants?” She said: “Yes, sure, mom.”
She had a really good day in the forest and they played capture the flag. And it did not rain. Too bad really, since those rain-pants would have looked excellent with the blond braided hair.