“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Rowan just LOVES Earth Day, and we are thrilled with how much she loves it. She clumps it in with all the other major holidays of the year (on the same level as Halloween and Easter), and has been planning a trash clean-up for weeks. When she was 2 we picked up trash along our road on Earth Day and it made a big impression. Since then she loves to get on her soapbox and rant about how people can't just throw garbage everywhere because that's not helping the earth. While flying a kite with Aaron at the Town Commons last month they saw a box of trash someone had left behind, so they decided this Earth Day they would clean up the park.

We spent the day visiting one of a friend in Portland, and on the way home we took a quick detour and stopped at the DeLorme Map Store so that the girls could see Eartha for the first time. Rowan was in awe of this huge globe. We looked at it from different angles, different heights, pointed out places we'd been and of course, where Santa lives. A perfect Earth Day pit-stop on the way home. Then while riding home she started asking me all these questions and we got into a heavy discussion about destruction of the rainforests and air pollution, and whether the things in the story of The Lorax really happen on our planet. I just adore watching the gears turning in her head and seeing her get fired up about something. We got home in time for a quick supper but she was ready to put on her Captain Planet cape and tackle her park project. We all bundled up for a chilly sunset trash pick-up of the park and our road, finished off by what else but The Lorax for a bedtime story. A budding activist and/or environmentalist? Maybe/I hope so...regardless, I love her spunk and spirit!

And lastly, a cute video of she and Aaron reading her book and an important public service announcement.

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