At the present time, there’s something else we humans all have in common – no, it’s not the fact that we are immersed in this pandemic. Sandwiched in between all the bad news these days, you might just find “Earth Day 2020 – 50th Anniversary” trending on social media. It is a worldwide event to embrace Mother Earth.
How many of you remember the first Earth Day back in 1970?
I don’t remember what, if anything, was done at school to celebrate the day, but I do recall our local grocery store, Farmer Jack, was handing out evergreen seedlings and invited all its customers to come and get one to commemorate the first Earth Day.
I went and got a seedling, planted it in a pot, with visions of that seedling growing up to be a Christmas tree one day. But unfortunately, even though it had a primo sunny spot, it never looked half as good as ol’ Charlie’s Brown’s Christmas tree.
Our current COVID-19 pandemic may have wreaked havoc on our respective lives and livelihoods, but for many, the chance to be unburdened from the day-to-day normal activities during this down time and to step out into nature has been a blessing in disguise. Hopefully your respite in a woodsy nook has fostered an enjoyment of natural settings and will become a habit long after our current health crisis is over.
I’ll leave you with a quote by Jeopardy host Alex Trebek:
“If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.”