As children we feasted on lying in the grass watching ants carry big loads, on the swing going higher and higher in anticipation of actually touching those clouds; we carried endless curiosity into exploring the way the frog zipped his tongue out – so fast – and caught the fly; and we passionately cared when the blue robin’s egg fell from the nest, or the baby squirrels lost their home because a tree was cut down.
What happened to us? We grew up – and away – from intimacy with nature. Our loss.
Retrieve some of that curiosity and passion of childhood; spend time exploring how you might recapture that intimacy.
Lane Williamson is a painter and a teacher.