My youngest made my day Friday afternoon when she asked if I would take her hiking on Saturday morning. OF COURSE I will!
On Saturday we loaded up a picnic and headed over to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens in Clemson. We ate our lunch at a table located at the base of several pine trees.
Of course, she had no interest in touching it again. I showed her how to gently hold it and convinced her to hold her hand out. I set it in her hand so that she could take a closer look. After a few seconds of examination she turned her hand over and sent the pine cone to the ground. Teaching her something about nature was one of my favorite parts of the day. Hopefully the next lesson won't bite her like that one did.