The long winter brought us little snow, bleak landscape, and many indoor days, so it’s been awhile since we’ve thought about nature. But with the new growth and green-ness emerging everywhere we look, we have once again been viewing the wonder of nature. Again, there is a logic in the children’s thoughts mixed with magical thinking. It makes sense that leaves would have prickles to protect them from animals who might want to eat them, and of course, the wizards put them there. But best of all, the tiny leaves like children and that’s why they are fuzzy.
--The leaves have prickles to protect them if animals want to eat them.
--In the fall and winter the wizards put poky things on the branches and when the animals come and touch them, they dart away. In the spring, the poky things fall off and the wizards put new ones on. Then they grow.
-- The pokys are poking me. They are for poking people and making them go away. The ridges are so the branches can get up higher.
-- It has spots like cheetahs! The fairies make the seeds then the flowers grow.
-- There’s some bumps, that means sometimes they wiggle when the wind comes.
-- The poky ridges scratch the deer to keep them defended and also wasps and bees.
-- The ridges on the stems protect the plant from leaf eaters.
-- The little fuzzy leaves like children and they want to feel good for children to touch them and children love fuzzy things. But the poky branches don’t like people.
-- That’s just how the world grew it.