Ostara in the Woods

Dear Liza,

Sunday, I got to spend a wonderful afternoon in the Hoyt Arboretum with Auntie Katie, the Cousins, Katie’s friend Marion, and Marion’s two kids. We hiked, delighted in the new spring growth, and had an egg hunt to celebrate Ostara, a very ancient way of recognizing the Spring Equinox.

Getting new sets of kids together can be tricky, but Robin and Moss, Kestrel and Jasper got along very well and found they had lots in common. I took the young ones on a short hike in the woods while the moms and Robin hid the eggs in The Fairy Forest.

Since this is a real, free growing forest, the egg hunt was challenging! It took an hour or so for the three kids to find 60 eggs, nestled in fairy houses or perched on low hanging branches.

Some of the eggs held candy or lovely crystals, others, tiny toys made by Kestrel and Moss. We all nibbled on jellybeans and sunflower seeds to give us strength to continue. Marion lead us in a circle to encourage us to feel our connection to the earth and to feel our energy waking up with the Spring.

When the eggs were found, candy was nibbled, and we were all pretty chilled, we headed back into town for dinner at the food trucks of Cartopia. We were enjoying the fire pits as the rain started, but we were under cover and kept eating!

As the rain came down heavier, we all hugged goodbye and went our separate ways. What a day! What a family!


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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