To See What We Could See

by Stefani on 23-October-2009

My guys have been wanting to hike this one particular trail for some time. We wandered the lower trails  in the summertime, but just couldn't work up the nerve to make the big climb in the heat. 

So yesterday, when the clouds parted, the rain stopped and the perfect golden autumn day emerged, it was time to call an end to the school work and see if we could make it to the top. 

Climbing Mt. Olympus

Little did I know what an adventure it would be! We have been reading aloud D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, so of course, they decided that it was not just any old mountain that we climbed. It was none less than the great Mt. Olympus!

We found evidence that Persephone has not yet been carried off to Hades this year. 


We saw Bellerophone, great tamer of Pegasus. 

Bellerophon and Pegasus

We witnessed poor Arachne, doomed to forever spin her web. (And in this case, spinning her silken ties around her latest catch!)


We glimpsed the golden Elysian fields, final resting place of heros. 

Golden Day

Then my weary little Titans, and Cerberus (three headed dog of Hades – aka our Jasper) headed home for ambrosia and nectar (milk and graham crackers). 

Note the Missing Shoe

What a lucky mama I am, to get to see the world through the eyes of little boys. 

Butzeballchen October 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

What an extraordinary mama you are! Yesterday was such a golden day, wasn’t it?

The story of Persephone and Demeter is one of my favorites. I need to look into the book you mentioned and share it with the kiddo.

Cassandra October 23, 2009 at 10:32 am

What an adventure!

jess October 23, 2009 at 10:33 am

How wonderful!

Annika October 23, 2009 at 11:01 am

This is just lovely. We love D’Aulaires’ books!

Debby October 23, 2009 at 11:51 am

I love the last phot…….so how did he lose his shoe??

Nifer October 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm

It is pretty darned amazing what they can show us! I love how you guys always make connections between what you are learning and your everyday lives; it should really help it all stick with them as they get older.

Tammy October 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Lucky?… maybe, but I think you put a lot of effort into making those young men so amazing!

angela October 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm

That had to be one of my most favorite postings… it reminded me of my own eight year old son, only his “fantasy book” is “Hatchet” by gary Paulsen

Jill October 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I love the blue sky and yellow flowers in that second to last picture! Looks like you had a lovely time!

Lia October 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Have your boys read any of the Rick Riordan books in the Percy jackson series? If they’re into Greek mythology, I think they would love them. I haven’t read any of them yet, but many of my students have. Riordan has been to book people a couple of times, too. And Book People created a summer camp around the books.

Mary Smith October 23, 2009 at 8:29 pm

What a great adventure and you are so lucky to still be having that kind of weather!!! Shorts?! It’s all rain here now…

Mad Woman October 24, 2009 at 3:09 am

I love this post. So beautifully written and I felt like I was almost there with you.

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Sarah M October 24, 2009 at 10:49 am

love it! Reading this post just really reminds me how excited* I am to begin homeschooling!
Sarah M

Catherine October 25, 2009 at 1:16 pm

love the moss picture and the picture of the spider! what an imaginative momma those boys have!!!

darlene October 25, 2009 at 1:40 pm

great post!

Elissa October 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm

i love how the ordinary is transformed in little imaginations (mine included: how else to get through a pile of dishes or a floor scrubbing unless one is cinderella?) that spider pic is so INCREDIBLE and creepy.

Relyn L. October 27, 2009 at 8:34 am

And what lucky readers we are that you remind us of the magic in every day.

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