Keeping in Touch recently wrote that she saved a frog, and it made me think of my childhood, spent on the Sunshine Coast in beautiful British Columbia. I really miss living there, most days.
When I was three or four years old, my dad bought forty acres of land in Sechelt, about a quarter mile from the Pacific Ocean. I loved riding my bike down to the beach, or exploring the creek beds and paths through the thick rainforest. If I think hard enough, I can even see the cat 'o nine tails and smell the skunk cabbage.
When Jamie was little, it was one of my regrets that she played in an alley, or beneath the upstairs neighbour's balcony, because we lived in an apartment building downtown. She went to the school ground as well, but it's just not the same.
The frogs, snakes, butterflies, bees and salamanders were a big part of our childhood.