We must teach our children
To smell the earth,
To taste the rain,
To touch the wind,
To see things grow,
To hear the sun rise
And night fall,
— John Cleal
It’s no secret. We take care of what we love … a treasured keepsake, a pet, a garden, an old book, a friendship.
These things are temporal and yes, often fleeting. They hold an emotion, a feeling, a sentiment for us, but some may not remain.
Instead, let us teach our children to embrace the sights and sounds of their world and learn to care for and cultivate it. Teach them to soak up the sun and imprint the beauty of the landscape on their minds, so that when they close their eyes, no matter where they are, they can transport themselves back.
Help them to imagine the world as it can be and encourage them to change what is to what it can become.
And to begin … you must teach yourself.