Simplicity is a lost concept.
In a world intently fixated on all things electronic, the seemingly simple things in life often are glossed over.
As a children’s minister who works with kids twice a week I am amazed at just how disconnected children today are from simple pleases. I will never forget hosting a sleepover event for the boys of our church and realizing many had never roasted marshmallows or even heard of the practice for that matter.
You see the fact kids are so disconnected offers a unique opportunity to bless them with simple things that will flat out amaze them on their birthdays or other special occasinos. Let us take a turtle shell for example.
Box turtle and other turtle shells are a common find in the woods and I am always collecting the ones in good condition. I am amazed at how kids are so excited about seeing and handling them. They offer a great teachable lesson.
When a kid gets their hands on one you can teach them how the shell is a turtle’s mobile home of sorts but it is unique because it comes supplied with its own armor. When a predator attacks, the turtle can hide its head and legs and retreat into its own sanctuary. That is real life stuff kids crave but do not understand how to articulate until it is presented to them.
Snake sheds are common around barns, are occasionally found in the woods, and are popular with the kids I work with. I keep snakes and people are always giving me the sheds they find and they end up being prizes for answering trivia questions during my God’s Outdoors classes.
The look on a child’s eye when he or she figures out a snake leaves behind its old skin to reveal new is priceless. Some of course know this but many are shocked and being able to take home a memento of such an occasion is an exciting moment for them.
Without a doubt, the most popular natural gift you can find (or buy) is shark teeth. Kids (and big kids like me) love sharks and a shark tooth or jaw set is something that is guaranteed to put a smile on their face.
I remember getting my first set of shark jaws from a souvenir star on the Galveston Sea Wall back in the early 1980s. I treasured that thing and had my Dad mount it on a board to hang on the wall.
If you are crafty or are adept at using Internet search engines, you can find creative ways to put the teeth on a necklace. Almost every day of my life, I wear a shark tooth necklace as a reminder of one of my favorite creatures and because it just plain looks cool.
Boar’s tusks are also popular items especially with numerous reality programs dealing with hogs. These are easy to find and small ones are cheap to purchase on eBay. That might take some of the fun out of it but if you have a kid that thinks hogs are cool it is an option.
You do not have to get fancy to have an impact on the next time the child in your life has a special occasion. You might just need to step out in the woods and see what you can find.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Oudoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com.)
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BEAUMONT — It may be just the second year of the program’s revival, but the Lamar softball team has already established a tradition: Winning the home opener on a walk-off home run.
Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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