Joscelyn's Journey

A Beautiful Child's Journey Through Hemimegalencephaly

Earth Day

on April 20, 2013

 

“Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life.”  – R. Search

With all of the fear and violence that has plagued our country this week, I am newly inspired to do my part (however small) to make at least my corner of the world a better place. Toward that end, the kiddos and I donned our tie-dyed shirts and participated in some fun and educational eco-friendly activities for Earth Day. 

Here’s Joss looking very “hippie chic” and expressing a statement on her t-shirt I think we all can agree with:

Mean People are Poopie!”

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First, we headed to our local library to watch a presentation on butterfly gardening with native plants. Clayton won a milkweed plant to get us started.

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Then we toured the library’s new butterfly garden and got some ideas for species of native plants to add to our yard. To find out more about why native plants are so important to the environment, click here: http://blog.nwf.org/2012/05/why-are-native-plants-so-important/

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Then we were off to our local park to an Earth Day festival to learn more about how we can do our part to be better stewards of the earth’s resources.

“You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers.  So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin.  Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother.  Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.  If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.”  ~Native American Wisdom

Here’s Joss “singing” and “dancing” in her stroller to the live band playing music at the festival. She loves music of all genres but dance tunes really get her toes tapping and fingers snapping! (Here she’s moving and grooving to Elvis’ “All Shook Up”!) 

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The boys decorated wooden badges at one of the booths. Clayton designed his with bear paw tracks.

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They also made their own planting containers with recycled aluminum cans and newspapers. Into the containers went parsley seeds which will be added to our butterfly garden later in the season.

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We also picked up information regarding how to protect our freshwater lakes and streams, how to make rain barrels to help conserve water, how to protect our wildlife and how to grow more of our own food.

So much of the last year has been spent focusing on Joss’ various medical issues, it felt great to just pack up the kids and do something fun and completely normal for a change! I could get used to that! 🙂

I’ll be spending the rest of the weekend re-reading one of my favorite books about conservation: Don Henley‘s moving compilation of essays, “Heaven is Under Our Feet“. It’s hard to find as it seems to go in and out of print but if you can get your hands on a copy, I highly recommend it!

http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-under-Our-Feet-Henley/dp/0425135462

Happy Earth Day!

 

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2 responses to “Earth Day

  1. Nonnie says:

    Thank you for sharing this splendid post on Earth Day! I ordered the book Heaven Is Under Our Feet. When I was teaching, I was fortunate to have a young man share with my first graders about Native American traditions in relation to our earth. I love your T-shirts, so bright and colorful. Joscelyn’s eyes are sparkling with her great attitude. God bless you and your wonder-ffilled kids!

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