Daily Prompt–The Natural World

Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?

Photographers, artists, and poets: show us NATURE.

My first real experience with nature was spent walking in the woods near my house with my grandfather.

forest-glenMy grandfather would walk to our house from his through the woods. It would take him an hour or two. It would do this when he was in his seventies and eighties. He loved to walk in the woods. He loved nature.

When he got to our house, he would often take us out walking in the woods and the bushes across the road to pick blackberries and currants. Sometimes we would walk just to walk and talk and to see the wildlife in the forest. I loved this time with my grandfather, as he pointed out the different trees and the animals and their tracks. We would pick berries and currant. Sometimes we would watch the frogs in the ponds. We would see chipmunks and squirrels. We would spot deer with their fawns in the woods. That was special. Sometimes we would see snakes. That was scary.

I learned that nature was sacred. Nature was beautiful. Nature was to be respected. We were the visitors in the natural world. My grandfather was one of the best environmentalists you could find. He respected the natural world and the environment and animals, and he taught us to do the same. He is one of my all-time heroes.

About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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1 Response to Daily Prompt–The Natural World

  1. The Hook says:

    Your grandfather sounds like a wonderful man.

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