Watch TV or a family walk - Hmmm?
As a kid growing up in Columbus, Ohio, I would have chosen watching TV - especially with the typical freezing temperatures of early March in the mid-west. But Pili Nut Farms is not located in the mid-west. We are located on a tropical island in the Philippines. So with our mild tropical temperatures on Tablas Island, we get to enjoy wonderful weather to walk or hike almost everyday. Before we go, April grabs a small snack for the adventure, and off we go to explore.
Today April wants to show us where she has been playing recently with her friends, Princess and Jonelle. It's where our summer waterfalls feed the fresh fish pond - just below our coconuts and banana trees. Can you see the girls in the picture?
I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes...
We always have people asking us if we have any snakes or spiders. Here is what I tell them:
'The bigger spiders live in the trees - so I don't climb in the trees. They also do a great job of catching the mosquitos and flies... just like the lizards and frogs. So yes we have spiders.'
'As for the snakes - they also known to eat harmful critters, but Rose says that we don't have any snakes here (or around most of the island). Why? It's because we like to eat fresh, organic eggs for breakfast. Since we have so many chickens here at Pili Nut Farms, the chickens - and roosters - eat any thing that moves on the ground (ants, worms, small spiders, and ... snakes). So don't mess with our chickens.'
Upon reaching the bottom of the dry waterfall, we find April's little fish pond. Not only is the pond small, but so are the fish. April tries counting them as they swim about, but the fish are naughty and playfully swim about. Apparently they were schooled on proper behavior for being counted, because the little fish swim everywhere.
'I know how to get them to swim in one place. I'll feed them my snack. I brought crackers.'
Crumbling and sprinkling her crackers, the little fish swim in front of April. She counts nearly 2 dozen before we hear our housekeeper's whistle. This means t's time to head home. Dinner is ready and we are getting hungry.
Monkey See... Monkey Do!
On the way to the house, April shows us what the monkeys are doing in our neighbors' trees. Obviously she is a fast learner and Mommy wants to try it too.
'Mom... Dad... after we eat dinner, can we do this again?'
'Does this mean you don't want to watch cartoons?'
'I want to spend more time playing with you. It's better than cartoons.'
Rose and I smile... because we love that our daughter has chosen hiking waterfalls, counting fish, and swinging like a monkey over watching TV... and we are glad that she is happy to be doing so with us.
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