How do I show my girls I love them on a morning in June? I pick them wild strawberries.
On a February afternoon we build snowmen and sit by the fire.
In March we make maple syrup.
We pick violets in May and go swimming in July.
On an August night we lay out blankets and watch meteor showers.
In November that great teacher the wood pile comes into our lives.
That’s just the beginning. How do we show our children our love?
Each in our own way by a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons.
—Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants
by Robin Will Kimmerer