We decided to take Ted out for a walk at East Coast Park one Sunday as he had recently started to walk. The fresh air was excellent and Papa and I both had ourselves a hearty meal at Carl’s Junior while waiting for the sun to dip under the treetops before we started our little exercise.
Ted could only walk a few steps at a time before collapsing to the ground and he had not yet started to be excited about things beyond his immediate vicinity.
He was particularly fascinated with the fallen leaves. He would pick one up, then another one, and when he found a third leaf, he would stack the first two on top of that third one.
There weren’t very very many leaves on the footpath we were walking on, just one every several steps for a little toddler (my gosh, he IS a toddler now), and it was absolutely hilarious when at one point he fumbled his way to the edge of the footpath and discovered, much to his surprise that there was an entire treasure trove of fallen leaves tucked just below the edge of the footpath.
He immediately leaned over and pointed excitedly to the leaves, all the while going “Ooooh! Ooooh! Oooh!” Papa and I couldn’t help but bend over laughing at this adorable spectacle.
We must have spent an hour and a half there, although with all the distractions along the way (Ted was also fascinated by the bins in the park, which happened to painted bright colours), we did not make it far past our starting point.
It was, nevertheless a good exercise for us and for him and we will most certainly be back for more leaf collecting when he’s a little more expert in his walking. 🙂