Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Children begin life as----

"Children begin life as uninhibated, unabashed explorers of the unknown. From the time we can walk and talk we want to know what things are and how the work." Those words of wisdom from Columbia University physics professor Brian Greene (Shared with me by a physican's assistant who celebrates the ways of nature when not in her ER) rings true, and I bet it does  for  most who love nature and respect the reality of science--AND keep their child-like enthusiam alive. Nature  is more than a Nat-Geo special, a donation to a green cause or classification of plants by Latin names.  When I was an often shirtless and  usually barefoot six year old without a TV scampering about a rural Connecticut landscape I knew the joy of exploring. I am thankful I never lost that sense of excitment. And in these early days of Autumn our natural world is rich with new excitement and discovery. Beaver are masterfully felling trees to create a  survival food cache for winter. Puffballs race for basketball size status.  And foggy dawns bring the melodious call of sandhill cranes in migratory flight.  It is a great time to be an uninhibated, unabashed explorer of our natural world, even if you are no longer a child. Even if you no longer go barefoot.

5 Comments:

Blogger Pat said...

One of my favorite posts of yours so far.

September 29, 2010 at 8:27 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Jonathan! Everyone should make an attempt to get out to enjoy and explore our natural world. It wouldn't hurt to occasionally go barefoot, keep a joyous smile on your face and remember your child like enthusiasm.

September 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barefoot is great at any age....

September 29, 2010 at 10:01 AM 
Anonymous SooDuckCamp said...

Great stuff.

September 29, 2010 at 4:14 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I too also grew up in the woods, it is a constant reminder to me the power that nature has to calm ones sole. When rejoining the woods one feels like that connection to the past and the blessing of the future, while staying completely in the now. The wonderment of the woods can become any mans sanctuary. I now share with my nieces the joys of the outdoors and remember through the excitment in their eyes when they explore and see things for the first time. A wise man once said to me too, "It is never to late to have a second childhood." Good article Jonathan and thank you for the memories.

October 28, 2010 at 10:38 PM 

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