Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - March 23, 2005)
We love our children cant you
There are many ways we can show our children we
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|Walter (black haw) Viburnum
obovatum. This is one of the more common plants that grows in
hammocks, thickets and swamp margins in all sections of Florida and
along the coast of South Carolina.
Deep inside the forest theres a door into another land.
Here is our life and home.
We are staying here forever in the beauty of this place all alone.
We keep on hoping.
Maybe theres a world where we dont have to run.
Maybe theres a time well call our own, living free in harmony and
Take me home. Take me home. (Theme from Grizzly Adams)
While living in Canada, my daughter and I spent many an evening cuddled up against
the cold in front of the small fireplace reading brochures on life in Florida. It
seemed like paradise and we wondered why would anyone want to live anywhere else?
It was Jennifers dream to someday move to Florida, but she had her own ideas
about what she was going to do when we finally got settled. Of course she wanted to
get a great tan and walk along the beach with her long blonde hair gently blowing
with each gulf breeze, but at 9 years old she was already the epitome
personification of a true conservationist.
You would have thought she had a personal relationship with Dian Fossey (Gorillas
in the Mist) from the way she spoke of her as if she was an old friend. As well,
she had a not so secret desire to be one of Marty Stouffers (Wild
Kingdom) kids and help him raise those baby otters and raccoons he was always
rescuing. Her fictional hero was, of course, Grizzly Adams.
She was a member of ecological teen clubs, wrote letters about saving eagles and
other endangered species, but most talked about and desired was that she wanted to
be involved with the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores working with Ralph
Heath saving pelicans. She had me help her write him a letter back in the
70s. This was her dream
a dream never realized, for her active life
was cut short by a drunk driver.
Our children are a product of us, our genes, heritage, anger and love, malice and
mercy, likes and dislikes, religion and beliefs, but are we not also a product of
our children? Our lives become inseparable. Where does one begin and one end?
I love spring. I love spring in Florida. This is my home. Im realizing that
Im living my daughters dream, as well as mine. It will never be the
same without her, but people we love become such a part of us that they remain with
us even after their physical presence is gone. April 3 is Jennifer Aprils
birthday. She was a child of the spring equinox and earth day. She is my icon and
strength to keep on working toward a tolerant humanity, toward equal rights for all
She used to say, The wild things have no voice. Wildlife beings
cant lobby governments or write newspaper articles or protest on corners
about losing their homes. We are all responsible. We are the caretakers. Its
too easy to blame governments and big business for the way our planet is declining,
but we must be aware that were borrowing this earth from our children. Will
we leave it a better place? If you dont take care of our earth, do you care
for your children?
Think about this. What if this April everyone planted just one native plant in a
garden? Wouldnt this one act speak to our children that we care for them and
love them and that no matter what they will always be a part of us as we are a part
of them, back to nature?
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.