in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the
nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.
- Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux 1863-1950
There are some things that are just undeniably summer... watermelon, picnics, bare feet, popsicles, bubbles, fireflies, hammocks, kites, ocean beaches, mud pies, swimming pools, sprinklers, campfires and of course, TENTS! One of my favorite childhood memories was the summer fort. Oh, there were pup tents, blanket forts, and a tree house or two...outside, inside, campgrounds, and even the back yard. Those mini adventures in those cozy nests were so special, powerful, magical... and I want my son to have that experience too while the window of wonder is wide open.
Last year, you may recall, I grew a living tipi in our front yard and it was a big hit amongst the neighborhood wee folk. However, it rapidly became a big hit for the gnats and mosquitoes too and we could no longer play in it, 'else risk being eaten alive. Early this season, Satch asked if I was going to make another tipi and I felt a pang in my heart that sent me on a quest for the perfect summer hideaway.
My search led me to Magic Cabin, a toy company created by stay at home, Sara McDonald. There I found this magical tipi. Once assembled, the tipi takes mere seconds to set up. It is very portable and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The tipi is made of high quality canvas, which can be painted in traditional design. Satch is going to put his hand print inside with fabric paint and one day, his own child will do the same...and perhaps even his grandchildren.
*To celebrate the magic of summer and the spirit of childhood, the generous folks at Magic Cabin are offering 15% off any purchase of $100 or more to Mother Rising Readers. Enter code SUMMER at checkout. The offer will be good through 7/31/09! So, fly over and get your little hatchlings a nest of their own. Have a memorable weekend. See you Monday.