me at 1:00PM on wednesday, sheltered from a blizzard, waiting for kiddos to arrive to my “mess club,” nervous yet excited about reentering the academic environment (physical and social) for a guest presentation about play to concordia education students later that afternoon. i was nervous because i didn’t know what to expect and felt increasingly alienated from academic spaces. i hadn’t quite realized the extent to which i’ve become used to the coziness of urban nature and the softness i feel in small groups. i hadn’t yet made the reflection that towering buildings and towering trees feel so different from one another. lol. anyway, i did the thing, and really appreciated the students’ questions, which challenged and inspired me and reminded me that what we do day-to-day at @lelionetlasouris is still often perceived as radical. i was proud to speak as a play advocate and am more convinced than ever that we need to hustle to share resources, studies, and experiences defending children’s right to child-led play outdoors.