The children together on this particular day, allowed me a moment of privileged insight.
They noticed the hovering insects one by one and as we gazed out over the river. What ensued was such a beautiful expression of their individual perception and expression.
He was disappointed, tried again and then declared, 'I can't catch it.
For Imogen, there could be nothing better than seeing fairies with a friend and being able to share that. For Harvey, it was totally out of the blue and pretty amazing to have snow falling before his eyes at the farm and he wanted to share that.
The whole experience for me was amazing. Three very different realities happening out of the one experience, side by side. Each child, 'seeing' from their own experience and desire.
I wanted to allow them as much space as I could for this to be, and on this day, the play naturally took it's own turn into something else. Matilda noticed sunlight dancing on the water and moved forward to see those sparkles. Harvey got excited jumping through the 'snow' and was suddenly running and jumping and enjoying that. Imogen just quietly continued her play, dancing lightly, a fairy herself.
Had the children continued looking and talking with each other, there may have come the point to introduce to the children that we were watching a swarm of very tiny hovering flies. Sensing this feels like such a subtle place to be with them... ...allowing their experience of life to exist, their exploration and discovery and being ready to give information that won't crush this for them.