Saturday, 11 August 2012


Small child as he finished pond-dipping yesterday: I'm so happy I might climb a tree.

Nature is imperfectly perfect, filled with loose parts and possibilities, with mud and dust, nettles and sky, transcendent hands-on moments and skinned knees. What happens when all the parts of childhood are soldered down, when the young no longer have the time or space to play in their family’s garden, cycle home in the dark with the stars and moon illuminating their route, walk down through the woods to the river, lie on their backs on hot July days in the long grass, or watch cockleburs, lit by morning sun, like bumblebees quivering on harp wires? What then?

Richard Louv
Last Child in the Woods - Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

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