Friday, October 23, 2009

Please continue to look after us


To me it was all an accident really. Of course my adult, logical mind immediately sequenced the events. We went on a nature walk and picked acorns off the ground. Loads and loads of acorns. We collected them in a basket and then left the basket in the cockpit. Then it rained. It rained and rained and rained for four days. Non-stop. So the acorns got wet and were all bundled together, still full of dirt and leaves, and nature did its thing. When we went to tidy up after the rains, we found many of the acorns had sprouted.

But apparently that's not what happened. "Mom, Totoro! Totoro was here, on OUR boat! And he made my acorns sprout! TOTORO!!!!!!!!!!!"

If you or your little ones in your life have never seen the movie My Neighbor Totoro... see it. Even for our family with no tv and very selective movies... Totoro has a place of honor on our boat and in our hearts.

And now in a jar, out in the cockpit our little oak garden is doing its thing. Nature. Magic. Or a little bit of both.

So to our seagoing Totoro I say, "please continue to look after us."


(one guess where these guys came from... yup, MamaRoots)

9 comments:

Naturalearthfarm said...

What a beautiful post and how neat that your acorns sprouted.
Wow! You live on a sailboat - I am so very impressed and look forward to reading more of your family's adventures. Our family, of eight, lived for 2 years off grid in a small mobile home and I thought that was small:)
Warm wishes.

Witchy Mom's Homeschool said...

That's so adorable and enchanting! I definately believe in magic, and so my answer to "Was it magic?" would be a resounding "Yes!". Love it!

Amanda said...

Neat! We've never seen this Totoro movie, I will have to check it out.

When I first started reading this post, I thought you were going to say that you had the same acorn problem we did... A few weeks ago we collected a 2-gallon bag full. My husband wanted to try making acorn flour (?!). The bag of acorns sat in our laundry room for 2 days before I walked in there and saw tiny little maggot-looking slugs crawling ALL OVER! Sure enough, there were tiny little holes in the acorns where they came from. YUCK!

Little Lovables said...

so neat they sprouted! and better what I thought you were going to say... that worms had come out!

I will have to netflix this movie

Joy said...

We haven't seen that movie either, but I just added it to our netflix queue. It looks like mamaroots is cropping up all over the blogosphere today. :)

Simple Mama said...

Adding Totoro to our Netflix que. I may have to try sprouting acorns with The Little. What a lovely post!

The Curious Holts said...

Best movie ever made. Ever. HOW FUN to have Totoro visit your boat! weeee

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! Totoro is our favorite kids movie and my son sleeps with a stuffed Totoro that we bought while living in Japan. Those figures are the cutest ever! I must get my hands on them!

gardenmama said...

I keep finding we have more in common : ) We are tv-less too! Lovely to see such magic happening on your boat!!

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