Get GOne

We need a holiday in March. That stupid month can't decide if it's winter or spring;  it's cold or muddy, and it's almost always gray in the Northeast. My family is crazy for St. Patrick's Day, being of Irish descent, but that, at most, is one day/night and maybe a weekend parade. Let's have a day we can all look forward to because we have to be Outside.  It will be named GOne. 

Get Outside, no electronics. You should go on a hike! Families would have to train to unplug, grab all the intel they need for the day the night before, plan directions from a cute little throwback called a MAP.  Heck, even the kids could get in on that!  Most people love food, so perhaps a picnic would be in order.  I'd put some real food in a backpack or a cooler--my brother-in-law has a Yeti because it keeps stuff cool for like four days. I think it was about $350. Nah, keep it cheap. Real food could include turkey and cheese on a hard roll, with some chips, maybe a hard fruit (apple?), and two cookies per person. Nothing crazy. Bring water too, and maybe a PBR, or some other throw-back libation. No soda, no taboule, no couscous. Your kids will think this is so novel!  Oh, speaking of novels, bring some.  A picture book for a toddler, but really go out on a limb here and bring something you might start to read with an older child, like Old Yeller or Heidi.  I just read Heidi with two granddaughters, and they loved it. And Heidi just had cheese and bread and goat's milk on her picnics, and she never complained!   

Heidi, looking for her goat milk snack.

Heidi, looking for her goat milk snack.

Go to the beach even if it is gray, because waves never stop. Birds wheel overhead and kids learn concepts like low tide. Or you could trek up a mountain or a hill. We have a great one around here, and there is a tower at the top. When it's a clear day, you can see three states after climbing the hundred year old spiraling staircase. If it's cloudy, you make plans to come back. Or go on a real river walk. If your kids run ahead and brush up against leaves and branches and race each other to the lightning-struck tree, they all win! Children and adults pick up sticks, rocks, shells. They can touch moss and collect leaves. Everyone will have a story to tell about being outside, being together, being well fed, being physical and being spontaneous.

GOne is cool because you let things unfold, including your blanket. Sit on that, with your family, and let your day that unfolded, be told.

-Teri Michaud

They can touch moss and collect leaves.  Everyone will have a story to tell about being outside, being together, being well fed, being physical and being spontaneous.