Nature and nurture…

If you were to ask me if I camp, I would issue my standard reply – “I enjoy nature, but for me it is a day trip.”  I need the modern conveniences in life – a cozy bed, a warm shower, morning coffee, electricity, and some semblance of protection from the wild things.  And yet, I love nature itself – the wonder and majesty of it fills me with a sense of peace.  This cottage and the way it interfaces with nature allows me to enjoy nature on terms I can live with.

Of course the real point of this year’s family vacation isn’t to be at one with nature, but instead to build and nurture relationships between Noah’s two children who live in Canada and the other members of Noah’s family.  I get here at least annually, but since the kids do not travel regularly to the States yet, the rest of the family has missed the opportunity to watch Noah Jr. grow up and have just met Cortney for the first time at age four.

I find it magically poetic that in this place where life flourishes within a complex web of interdependency and connectivity, we are likewise building a place for our family roots in the hearts and minds of Noah Jr. and Cortney.  In human relationships, as in nature, growth finds its own way in its own time.  And so it is here – we are finding our way in this time and place with this group of crazy people we call family – and the roots, well, they are growing. ;-)

Day one thousand four hundred and sixty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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4 Responses to Nature and nurture…

  1. B-dubya says:

    Beautiful! That last paragraph in particular is something for all families to take to heart and apply to their everyday lives. We can learn so much from nature as well as from other societies. This interconnectivity sounds so much like the African philosophy of Ubuntu which says “I am because We are.”

  2. arzlee abdul rahman says:

    I just happened to google & finally read your articles.

    Out of curiosity, what is this “Day one thousand four hundred and sixty-four of the new forty” Is this your age? 40 + 1464days?

  3. tim haering says:

    “Keeping the family together, that’s difficult. And that’s the mission worth fighting for.” – Carmen Cortez. If you’ve never seen Spy Kids, you must. Keep fightin’ the good fight. Love that family.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93Z1sPjzz8w

  4. tim haering says:

    “I love nature, I just don’t want to get any of it on me.” – Woody Allen
    Allen as Boris in Love and Death: “To me, nature is…I dunno, spiders and bugs and big fish eating little fish, and plants eating plants and animals eating…It’s like an enormous restaurant.”

    I consider myself Cro Magnon, but Nature – at least as we find it today — is a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t wanna live there. Geddy Lee sings, “Any escape might help to smooth the unattractive truth, but the suburbs hold no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth.” Today’s Nature is like that.

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