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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Contemplating Beauty

Quote of the Day:

Rachel Carson, the legendary environmentalist, was a naturalist long before she shocked the industrial scene with her expose on the ill effects of pesticides. Carson's book The Sense of Wonder presented an intimate account of the long walks with her nephew along the coasts of Maine, through dense forests and across open fields. She believed that every child was born with a deep sense of wonder; and for the child to keep this alive, he needed the companionship of at least one adult who could share it, and rediscover the "joy, excitement and mystery" of the world around him.

Since they were young, our two children have both developed a deep love of nature and the world around them. Some of their favourite moments have been spent taking a simple walk along the canal near our residence. We have recently started them going on a nature journal, for them to record their observations on any plants and animals that cross their paths. It was truly heartening to see our 4-year-old intently pasting the plant specimens in his book, and equally interesting to observe that his 2-year-old brother also wanted to join in.

Truly there is truth in the old adage urging us to "take time to smell the roses". While there may not be many physical roses outside our home, there are many metaphorical roses which we can imbibe with our senses, enabling us to learn and appreciate the world we call our own. 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the read. Honestly you covered the topic and broadly examined all areas. If i was to write this i would have done a few things differently myself but you have definitely inspired me to get into the world of blogging. Thanks heaps for the post i really appreciate it. Have a good day and keep blogging:)

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  2. Thanks for your encouragement :) Hope it also spurs you to continue writing :)

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