We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

If books could talk! So many priceless memories from when our kids were little in this one: smiling eyes, little giggling voices, jumping sliding tumble tripping feet, holding hands together imagining each part as we reenacted it over and over and over…

But now that we live in Alaska, Going on a Bear hunt takes on new meaning where we, in fact, do NOT want to find a bear!

So we make lots of noise as a family backpacking through mountain forests: singing, whistling, playing word games all while carrying bear spray and a noise horn. (And yes, we have seen bears but thankfully only from a distance).

Recently hiking along muddy trails through the Chugach mountains (last post) the kids- now teens- started reciting their favorite parts from this favorite childhood Classic.

“can’t go under it, can’t go over it, oh no, we’ve got to go through it, squelch squirch, squelch squirch….” (I loved that this story was still a part of their being).

So as we all trekked THROUGH the mud, I couldn’t help but think that some things in life are like that too.
Some things -like grief- we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, oh no, we’ve just got to go through it…

Do you know this classic? Have you pretended to climb through swishy swashy -tall grass- or ooygooey squelch squirch -mud-
with your littles?! What books have brought you priceless memories?

“We’re Going On a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury @scholastic @h_oxenbury1976

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