In this part of the country, we are in the midst of an important season…
Fall is upon us, but there is a much more important season at hand…
Deer Season– It’s mostly just important to my man. I actually do not celebrate the season. I think it’s crazy for a reasonable person to go out in the freezing cold at 3 am. When I tell him that, he says, “I have two words for you. Black Friday.” I guess we both have our own “hobbies”.
This year, I thought it would be fun for the boys to get in on the deer season festivities. We started by reading a few books that I thought would fit nicely into a hunting theme.
Imogene’s Antlers by David Small is a silly book about a girl who wakes up with antlers. While her mother is despondant, others come up with ingenious uses for the antlers- such as a birdfeeder. Several solutions are offered to the problem. They call the doctor, the principal, and Imogene’s brother for advice. Then, they try making a hat for Imogene. Finally, Imogene goes to bed and wakes up antler free! The only problem remaining? She has grown another animal part! This is a funny story with much of the humor being conveyed through the descriptive illustrations. After reading, you can discuss with your which animals have antlers, why animals have antlers, or if your child would like to have antlers.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a classic and timeless story of a father and a child on a “hunt” in the woods.A child and father go out into the woods on a cold, dark night hoping to spot an owl. . The child learns that when you go owling you have to be quiet, make your own heat, and you have to be brave. The text of this story is poetic. The illustrations are gorgeous- don’t just take my word for it, it won the 1988 Caldecott Medal. This is by far Logan’s favorite bedtime story at the moment. As I read, he actually engages in conversation with the book. I’ll turn the page and he’ll say, “My daddy goes hunting in the woods at night too.” Since he does not appear to know yet that daddy shoots the deer, this book connects to his idea of daddy in the woods looking for deer. Someday he will not be so naive.
We decided to make Greg a deer treat bag from Disney Family Fun to “celebrate” opening weekend of gun season. (Some of you are thinking this is weird. I understand. I did not grow up with hunters. It’s all new to me too).This bag fit nicely with our theme. It was originally a reindeer treat bag for Christmas, we just replaced the red nose.
We stocked it with all of his favorite granola bars, nuts, and candy. I know his friends may make fun of him for having such a crafty little wife but at least he will be thinking of us while he is off in the woods.