She wanted a wooden hut at the base of tree... a space that was all her own that she could dream in. She hoped one day to tame a fox and they would live happily there until the snow came. She knew her mama and big brother wouldn't be too far away with a wood stove when they got cold. She wondered if their cat would let her fox inside? Probably not.
Diligently she gathered sticks and stakes. By herself or with the help of friends. Throughout the summer I quietly listened to the many conversations of 7 yr. old girls discussing building materials and wild architectural plans. The dreams were big, but in the end a little grown up help was necessary and the blue prints in her mind morphed to encompass the supplies on hand and a timeless design. With the help of her very enthusiastic grandma, my daughter built her first tipi.
Instead of at the base of a tree, she located it right in the center of the yard. Something this beautiful should be seen! And seen it is. I asked if she wanted to plant scarlet runner beans or morning glories around it next year, but she said she like the walls to be made of air and the ceiling to be the sky.