Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day Thoughts

Go Outside and Play.

How many times did you hear this from your parents? If they were like mine, it must have been thousands, right? My sister and I with our friends rode our bikes everywhere, we explored the creek and back roads, we dug caves in sand cliffs (stupid, yes and I almost got killed, but that is a story for another time), we learned about trees and flowers, practiced doing cartwheels on the lawn and captured grasshoppers and lightening bugs in jars. We played kickball in the street and freeze tag on all the neighborhood lawns. We played in everybody’s yard not just our own. No one yelled. No one sued. No one cared.

But times have changed. Now there is talk about Nature Deficit Disorder. But I postulate that this is not just for kids but adults too. While adults may not be afraid; when may I ask, do we have time to go out and play? I seem to spend endless warm sunny days, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and working in the yard. Last year I instituted only cleaning one floor per week. But on the upstairs week, I ended up cleaning the downstairs anyway. So, that never really worked out.

I want to have a personal relationship with the woods and fields. I want to go birding and hiking and riding my bike. I encourage you to join me. Find the time to get out there. If by some miracle you come upon me, stop and say hi. I might have just seen something cool and am dying for someone to share it with.


d. chedwick bryant said...

I love my summers in the Catskills, remote and quiet, long hikes, sleeping in the tent whenever we want to. but I also have a small garden here in "my town", and a little patio, where I can have my coffee each morning, year round.~ take myself out there (unless it's pouring rain) in all weather, at dawn. I feel I am so attached to outside--sadly in my town, there is always that suburban noise-- car horns, sirens, chain saws, leaf blowers, power mowers... a peaceful hour to weed and mulch is like a gift.

Growing up a block from Prospect Park was a lucky thing--we were always in that beautiful space as kids--

Sparverius said...

I'll go out and play with you. I'd love to know what you've discovered.