Dirt Babies

by Brittany


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This week we visited Garfield Conservatory which is probably the best place for kids in all of Chicago. The only problem is its smack dab in the middle of one of the worst neighborhoods in, not only Chicago, but the entire US. Its like a little oasis there in the middle of the gang torn neighborhood somewhat protected by a tall fence and a few guards.

To the side of the actual conservatory there is a lot filled with old kitchen items, tin cake molds, pots, pans, wooden spoons, as well as the usual pails, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, and piles of straw hats. And dirt...so much dirt. You should have seen the boys' eyes light up when we pushed through the trees and it opened up before us! Baby boy heaven! There are also tons of branches and palm fronds that are intended for fort building. 

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There was another kid there, a little girl a bit older than my boys, and she spent the entire time arranging flowers and rocks and other beautiful things in pots. After she had shown me one of these creations I asked her if she was an artist, she replied wistfully and quite seriously that she was not. I replied, "well I guess you are cause this is art!" Her whole face lit up and she threw her head back and laughed with delight! A bit later she showed me another one and I asked if I could take a photo of it and she was so excited by the prospect.

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When she saw the photo on my camera her comment was, "its so clear!!" and that delighted me in return!