Mason's school, Los Charcos, is holistic and spiritual and natural (and if you're a vegan, you'll be in good company). So when the class takes a field trip to a parent's country land you know it will be wholesome and beautiful. The day was stunning--one of those 9/11 blue skies that anyone who was in New York recalls from that morning. For the first time in two and a half years we actually saw leaves, and heard the crunch of them underfoot. The kids went crazy, jumping into what they called "the swimming pool of leaves." They built a three-story home for a dying beetle with a jacuzzi, dining room, and an umbrella to shade him from the sun. They climbed all along the horizontal branches of deciduous trees and found a tiny green frog in the pond where Jenny's dogs, Indie and Luna, were romping. They rolled stones down cliffs and broke out into spontaneous song while sitting in a circle having their lunch. And father David played his flute.