When I was in one of those women’s groups that were popular when my kids were little, we often chanted. This one kept going through my mind yesterday:
The earth is our mother
We must take care of her
The earth is our mother
We must take care
Chants don’t tend to go too deep into details. But that one got me thinking about how much my own care for the planet has changed and expanded since we bought our rural property.
The opportunity to observe the changing of the seasons as more than just flowers blooming and leaves changing color has meant a lot. I know what birds show up, and when. I know when it’s going to rain and when it’s likely to be dry. I know that in different years, different insects are more prevalent than in others. Just sitting on the porch is like watching a nature documentary!
Celebrating Earth Day
Unlike many other years, I did more than just pick some flowers or plant something on Earth Day this year. The El Camino Master Naturalists had worked very hard to create an extensive exhibit on a variety of relevant topics, so I joined them to take photos and work on a newspaper article to document the event.
We were in Rockdale, Texas, in a lovely community room. Joining us were the author of the foraging book, The Cycles of Foraging – A Book of Days, which I mentioned earlier, Sean Wall. (Each of those links goes to a different page of his). I got my copy of his book, plus one for my neighbor. My other neighbor, Tyler, was at the event representing the USDA, and he also got a book, so the Hermits’ Rest and surrounding properties made Sean some money!
I enjoyed watching kids getting their faces painted with nature images, learning how to save water, coloring butterfly images, and making paper boxes out of recycled nature calendars. It was great to see them learn while having fun. Meanwhile, the adults had plenty to learn about pollinators, trees, and more. Like I said, the volunteers worked hard!
My favorite area was a collection of tree branches from which we hung dozens of lovely nature ornaments and charms, all of which a volunteer made herself. It’s great to see all the dedication!
Sean Wall’s booth had samples of amazing beautyberry brownies (yep, that’s right, you can eat them, when ground into flour), and some of his amazing art projects, all of which had an Earth/Nature theme.
By the end of the day, I was full of knowledge and appreciation for where I live, both my little spaces and the entire planet. We must take care of her!