“Teaching Children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.”
-Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth
Today, we decided to go look for some of our own, but mainly it was just to get out into the woods. My daughter is spending too much time in the house watching, My Little Ponies, on the IPad and not connecting with nature which surrounds us. When I was younger I was always outside. My mom would kick us kids out and lock the doors and we couldn’t come back in until she would call us in for lunch. Of course there weren’t as many other distractions then. We didn’t have satellite TV yet, no computers, video games, etc… so it was more fun outside anyway, I suppose. I just remember our imaginations taking off. We had a big hill behind our house which we would hike up and play in a tree fort we built out of branches and the bushy base of another tree. We spent all summer up there exploring everything. I may or may not have even started quite a forest fire once practicing my girl scout fire building and extinguishing…..