Friday, January 22, 2010

I Am a Child of Nature

We don't need scientists and psychologists and environmentalists to tell us why it is important for children to spend time in nature. The children tell us everything we need to know.

The first times I went into nature, you carried me on your back.

You showed me what I can eat in the woods.

Now I make wild food.

I cook it in my sea cauldron and

and on my campfires.

I clear the way through the tall grasses with my stick.

I learn to make toys out of things we find.

I can build a shelter.

When I play in the woods I add layers to my bravery

and to my confidence.

I am small but I am strong. I can carry a fallen tree.

I can climb.

I can jump from up high.

I can throw heavy rocks.

Your interest in nature is contagious.

I learn by touching, so

I love it when you let me play with sand, water, dirt, rocks, sticks and grass.

Sometimes I play with quiet absorption.

Sometimes I am boisterous and rowdy, and I get all my yells out.

When I come back I am tired and merry. I have been where I belong.

I am a child of nature. Nature is a part of me, and I am a part of it.

Take me to the woods today, Mama and Daddy. Be amazed at what I am, and what I can do.

Copyright Beth Curtin 2010

Donni of Magic Onions asked me to write this special posting about our children's connection with nature for a series about waldorf which she is doing on Thursdays on her blog. "I Am a Child of Nature" was published on Magic Onions yesterday, the first in her series. I was happy she gave me such a wonderful assignment. I have been thinking about this important subject for a while now, and welcomed the opportunity to put my ideas down. Please visit Magic Onions and read her series and explore her wonderful crafts for children. Just click on the title of this post to link to Magic Onions, or find it in my blog list. Thank you so much, Donni! love, Beth


barefoot in gitchigumee said...

loved it thank you! and are not we all a child of nature in some way?

Imene said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing.
I just discovered your blog and I love it.

Beth said...

Dear Barefoot,

Thank you. I do feel we are all a child of nature. I feel so good after a day in the woods or on the beach. I usually feel relaxed and tired in a wonderful way. And....

Dear Imene! Thank you! I'm so happy your discovered my blog today and I hope you will be back again and again! love, Beth

Mousy Brown said...

How could anyone doubt it? Especially seeing all those huge smiles - these images which remind me so much of many of our own family stories were a lovely start to the day - thanks :)

Indigo, madder, marigold said...

Oh Beth, you are so creative. This is a beautiful post. Makes me remember my own childhood....crawdad hunting, laying on my belly looking in a clear stream...getting lost in the poor city kids have to travel to find those things.
Blessings, angie

Beth said...

Dear Angie,

Guess what? We are urban people, too. Even though we don't have woods right in the back yard, we can have just as much fun. I think the key is to plunk yourself in the woods or at the beach instead of always going for a long trek, the grown-up way of being outside. Children aren't very goal oriented, so a long hike isn't always their cup of tea. They want to stop along the way and explore, as they should. So for a goal, you could choose rock climbing, stream exploring, fort building, or making a campfire. You can even "daycamp." Have fun! love, Beth

salley said...

Thanks for telling us about your friend at Magic Onions. I've put her on my blog roll for others to see and be inspired.

salley said...

Thanks for telling us about your friend at Magic Onions. I've put her on my blog roll for others to see and be inspired.

Appleshoe said...

Beautiful poem and beautiful pictures Beth. I wish you would publish a collection, I would buy it for my nursery and it would be a favorite. You have such a way with words.

Beth said...

Dear Appleshoe,

You warm my heart with your kind words. love, Beth

Unknown said...

this is such an amazing post...

Sherry Gann said...

nice! :D

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Your thoughts, words, images... all are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. (and thanks for reminding me to visit magic onions.)

Beth said...

Dear Renee,

Thank you for the wonderful encouragement! love, Beth

SF said...

Hi Beth,
You picked me well. :) In fact it was clicking on the "I'm a child of nature" link which made me become a follower of your blog! I loved loved loved this post. And yes, we're BIG on outdoor time in our family. We don't really have woods in Australia though, which is a shame. The bush can be too dense for hiking. But we do have beautiful beaches and mountain ranges to explore. :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog,
Saminda xo

(V.Kerr) School Time Adventures said...

This is amazing!!! I just recently found "Magic Onions" and this wonderful post. As soon as I saw that really cute gnome hat I knew I needed to start following your blog! I recently have jumped into the blog world and was feeling a real lack of nature based educational blogs. I'm happy that I am slowly finding like minded people.

helen said...

Ilove this! So true. The words and the pictures are inspiring. Thank you!