I think I think a lot on the mudflat, but not sure it would count in the academic world. In the dying gray light of a slate gray November day, the sensuous overwhelms the cognitive. For all the noise we make about international standards, global economies, and other abstract nonsense, it gets down to a clam converting plankton to the meat I will eat tonight.
It gets down to plants stripping pieces of water and strapping them onto the air we breathe out.
It gets down to finding clean water, foraging for food, seeking shelter when we need it, and sharing joyful noises with each other.
Anything above and beyond that is abstract, and often more about power, about separation, about things that hurt us than about what every child needs.
Food. Water. Shelter. Love found in the company of each other.
I teach so that children are reminded of what they once knew-this world, the one beyond words and logos and abstractions, is their world. Everything essential comes from the land, the sea, the air, fueled by the sun.
A child needs an acre or two of land far more than she needs to know some abstract set of standards. We are of dust and sunlight. No more, but even more important, no less.
Every person I have ever coaxed out onto a clamming expedition found joy on the flats.