hello dear mother.
we love you.
we just seem to have a bad way of showing you.
that picture from NASA is just so breathtakingly beautiful to me.
and to think as i look at it . . .
i live there!
that’s where i live!
it’s a little unfathomable.
this is earth day.
april 22, 2013.
yes. we have one every year.
to make us aware.
aware of what?
it’s all just a political trumped up farce
of over concern by a bunch of ‘tree huggers’
that’s what many people think.
there are changes about.
changes happening faster than they’ve happened to mother
since ever before in the partnership of mother and man.
she is hurting now.
her children. her forests. her seas. her air. her voiceless animals.
none of which can talk. none of which can tell us of what we’re
words aren’t everything.
pictures tell the story.
necessary wood that must be turned into more and more and more
huge mc mansions.
and unknown assorted other ‘products’ that create fortunes. for some.
just one example.
another example. yet another rain forest.
this is in the amazon.
like the ocean. rain forests are the lungs of our planet.
one wonders why they left the small green space.
hmmmm. going back later to finish it off?
a question is sometimes asked of men . . .
the answer ~
” because we can.”
maybe this little guy is asking the question.
his species is on the brink of extinction.
he’s only one kind out of many and many
on the brink.
as far as the eye can see.
in every direction.
no words are necessary for this.
we share our mother.
she is the shelter
of not only us
magnificent creatures of all kinds
we are the
self serving ones.
and there are more of us. and more. and more. and more.
and less of them.
we apparently think nothing now of overpopulating the earth with
we used to talk about the problem of overpopulation.
now it seems you rarely hear of that as the major problem in all of this.
it’s like we seem to think we have
some kind of special ‘right’ to offset the balance.
that we’re like spoiled children who do not accept the meaning
of the simple word
stop. abstain. think responsibly.
if we each just become aware.
every time we throw away another piece of plastic
instead of re-cycling it.
re cycling takes effort.
every time we throw away or even accept it in the first place
yet another plastic bag.
cloth bags are a nuisance to remember to use.
every time we buy another non degradable product.
if there is a better choice.
it’s probably more expensive anyway.
awareness brings responsibility.
and then of course . . .
every time we litter.
just as simple a thing as that!
these are the trash patches in the oceans. and the relative size of them now
all names for the detritus of mankind.
swirling in huge masses in the oceans.
and his inability or his lack of concern
to clean it up.
not just in the seas.
even tiny litter.
now with billions of us people littering mother
even the little litter counts.
anyway. it’s just a mindset.
you either value where you live or you don’t.
you either respect mother
or you don’t.
if you’re a teacher reading this.
maybe you could instill it into the children in your charge
how important it is
to treasure this mother of ours.
not just on
“her day” but remind them
every single day.
until they know the importance of what
their elders like us
are not taking seriously enough.
make them aware now of their inheritance.
i’ll tell you a little story.
except i know. this has gone on WAYYYY too long.
but it’s a passion of mine.
and this is a true story.
once years and years ago . . .
in a big city ~
the marine was driving. i think we were headed to new york or something.
he did something that day that
just might have gotten him shot if he had done it in today’s world !!!!
the light turned red.
we all stopped.
the car in front of us rolled down their window and right there
in broad daylight in the middle of the street ~ waiting for the green light ~
they literally DUMPED out a sack of trash…
fast food containers and cups in one of those cardboard holders.
the marine said nothing. he simply opened his door and got out.
before i even knew what was happening!
i saw him walk to the side of their car.
he bent down. gathered up all the trash. tapped on their window.
i saw him hand it back to them.
then he turned and walked back to our car.
the light turned green just as he got in.
the car ahead moved on.
we moved on.
i asked him what he said to them.
“i just told them they dropped something and i’m returning it.”
i said “what did they say?”
“nothing. the guy just looked at me and handed the trash to his wife.”
ya gotta love my marine.
man of few words.
man of integrity.
i looked up integrity just now.
1. completeness 2. unimpaired condition; soundness 3. honesty. sincerity.
i’d say that just about covers it.
oh yeah . . .
before he retired he was an environmental specialist scientist.
don’t ask me what all he did.
suffice to say he has an innate love for mother.
enough preaching here. i really don’t mean to sound preachy!
or god forbid . . . self righteous!
i keep falling hopelessly short. but i keep on trying.
that’s all we can do as ‘just one person.’ keep trying.
mother deserves at least that from us.
and who knows ~
maybe our reminder blogs will touch someone high up
a corporate someone just might read it . . . or his wife
who will remind him
“just because you can ~
is not a good enough reason.”
i so value nature. i can’t help but think we can change our ways.
even if we’re ” only one.”
each little one of us makes up the masses. we CAN make a difference!
one of my favorite people in the world has been
i love what he said so simply ~ he was a simple man after all ~
” we must become the change we want to see”
so. til soon old bean!
happy mother earth day to you! and to yours!