We recently borrowed the book Anna’s Table by Eve Bunting from the Library. During the past week this book has been read over and over and it has become one of our favorites. The book is about Anna, who collects wonderful nature treasures and displays them on a table in her room. Each item has a story and cherished memory tied to it.Did you collect nature items as a child? I did ~ dead bugs, feathers, and rocks were a few of my favorites.
My daughter also has a collection of nature finds, most of them tucked into boxes in her room. Treasures that Emily decided needed to be displayed. We have a small house and while we didn’t have room for a table, we did add a shelf to her wall. She pulled some of her treasurer out of hiding and carefully arranged each one on her new shelf.
Each item displayed on her nature shelf has a story and memory to go along with it, just like Anna. She can recall with detail where she found each item, who was with her, and anything she has learned about it.
The next time my kids bring me yet another rock or bug I’m going to stop and take the time to listen to them. To look at their treasurer as they do ~ with wonder. To listen to their story. It just might be a cherished memory in the making!