Ahhh…it’s big time fall in our neck of the woods right now. The leaves are changing and beginning to fall off of the trees. You can smell fall in the air. It’s apple picking time. It’s corn maze time. The air temperature is great.
It’s that time of year when you know you only have a small window of opportunity to get out there and really enjoy the colours, the sounds, the smell of fall…so why would you want to ruin something like that?
Last weekend C and I went out to take it all in…we were not alone…there were other folks out enjoying nature as it was meant to be enjoyed…but there were also folks who had no problem ruining it for others, or even for themselves.
We noticed some people were not completely connecting with the experience by constantly checking their cell phones…or by wearing earbuds and listening to their ipod, or some other type of device.
There were people who decided that nature was great place to throw away a plastic bottle, wrapper, coffee cup, or drink can (or the one that got me the most was when people were kind enough to clean up after their dog, but then threw the bag into the woods). We noticed young children stomping on beautiful vegetation while their parents were ignoring them. We noticed smokers (this is one I really don’t get…you’re out in nature breathing fresh air and what do you do…you decide to light up…it makes no sense to me).
And the big one that we ran into twice…while out embracing nature…while trying to connect to mother earth…at two separate locations we discovered people tearing up nature and polluting the fresh air driving all-terrain vehicles through or close to public walking trails.
…this week Mary wanted to remind us…if we want to connect with nature…connect with nature…leave the toys, devices, and litter at home.
…and this is according to Mary!