Field Trip with Grandma
A Field Trip With Grandma B y M a r y l e e Vi s n o v s k e
YOU ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE TAKING CHILDREN ON FIELD TRIPS. THEY TAKE THEM TO ALL SORTS OF PLACES CALLING THEM A FIELD TRIP. WELL…WHEN I TAKE MY CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN ON A FIELD TRIP, WE GO ON A REAL FIELD TRIP.
I recently had the opportunity to take my five year old grandson, Zeb, on a real field trip. He lives a long way from me in another state. I try to make our time together quality time. Zeb has a three year old brother named Wyatt. He was invited to go with us but at the last minute chose to stay with his mommy. I decided this was probably good and Wyatt would get a solo trip in a couple of years. I belted Zeb in our UTV and we were off to our big field behind our house. We use to cultivate a large portion of this area but then we decided to allow nature to landscape it for us. She is doing a fabulous job. We have all kinds of plants and young trees to now explore on this ground. The first plant I introduced Zeb to was Queen Ann’s Lace. We have a huge crop growing in this field. I told Zeb we needed to pick a big bouquet of this plant to do something special with when we get home. I told him it was also called “Wild Carrot” and it smells like carrots. Zeb sniffed the plant and agreed they do smell like carrots. I explained this is also a natural medicine. The next plant was easier. It was the pretty blue Wild Chicory also known as the “Blue Sailor”. I told him the root of this plant was also used like something his mommy drank every morning. Zeb was eager to guess it was coffee. I assured him it was sometimes a substitute for coffee. Chicory is also used to calm the effects of caffeine in coffee. I also explained chicory was used a lot when I was a little girl. My folks and many others drink it so the real coffee in short supply was sent to our soldiers fighting World War II.