“What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth…?” – Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth
“If getting our kids out into nature is a search for perfection, or is one more chore, then the belief in perfection and the chore defeats the joy. It’s a good thing to learn more about nature in order to share this knowledge with children; it’s even better if the adult and child learn about nature together. And it’s a lot more fun.”
― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams. ”
— John Muir
Out of all the things I want to leave the kids with… “love and respect for nature” is in the top 10.
There are some things on my bequeath-list that I have to work hard with them and for them.
But I realize now that “love for nature” is something that I don’t have to work hard with them for. It has rubbed off on both of them…perhaps, by just being in proximity with Kumar and me.
We toured State and National Parks in Oregon and California the last few days. I lost track. We saw so many peaks. So many lakes. So many creeks. So many trees. I truly lost track.
Just the nature of it all….the nature of nature….so huge….so tremendously wonderful….so awe-inspiring.
I am back in the concrete jungle. But, my heart is still in the forest. It will always be.