Nature Taught Us How To Be a Family, #NatureIsCalling


I’m boosting my creative juices? During May, I am participating in David Suzuki’s 30 X 30 Nature Challenge: 30 Minutes in Nature over the next 30 days. #NatureIsCalling

See my post: A Fun Challenge That Could Make You a Better Writer


Why will this boost my creative juices? “A growing chorus of scientists and researchers agree: time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier and less stressed. It increases creativity and lowers risk of heart attacks. It even makes us nicer, more empathetic humans, with more meaningful relationships and increased community involvement.​”

Nature Taught Us How To Be a Family

My family, at home in the water and in nature.
My family, at home in the water and in nature.

My brothers and I fought. Oh God, how we tried to kill each other. I had three younger brothers, called them the Ugly Brats. When we got stronger in our teens, our parents stayed out of the punches and kicks. We were farm kids and had the strength to do serious damage. When I realized my male siblings could, and would, do anything to assert their ego, I claimed my femininity was too refined to lower myself to such barbarism. It worked.

As  much as we engaged in battles with each other, there was an equal amount passion in our loyalty as a family. Unbreakable bonds were revealed whenever one of us was threatened, and when we were engaged in activities in nature. Annually, our brave mother took her brood of four rambunctious offspring to the mountains.

My mother, fearless and extraordinary nature lover.
My mother, fearless and extraordinary nature lover.

She taught us the rules of surviving cold nights in a tent, scaling mountain peaks while looking out for bears, and deep water diving. We were a formidable pack. Those memories are vivid reminders of how much we loved each other and nature. Those experiences made us strong, compassionate, wise, and conscious of our bond with all living things. God bless our mother, human and the natural world.

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