When I was a kid, I used to scour the roads for papery winged seeds. I liked to throw them up in the air and watch them twirl to the ground like little helicopters.
These winged seeds are fruits called samaras and grow on Maple trees. I know this now because our backyard is home to these two lovelies.
I recently dredged up a memory from my childhood that portrayed a side of me that I had forgotten existed. I used to be curious about nature. Fancy that!
When I was eleven I fantasized about the day I could recognize individual trees by name. I’m not quite sure why or how I got to where I am but I haven’t experienced nature in years.
“Out in this, God’s beautiful world, there is everything waiting to heal lacerated nerves, to strengthen tired muscles, to please and content the soul that is torn to shreds with duty and care.” ~ Anna Botsford Comstock
These trees provide a picturesque backdrop for our home.
I knew we were lucky to have these gorgeous trees in our backyard and I knew they would be even lovelier up close and personal.
I made a conscious effort to venture outside and sit quietly under the trees.
I listened to the birds twittering noisily (I swear it sounded like there were hundreds of them!) and I even heard a couple of squirrels chattering nearby.
What I enjoyed most of all was the rustling of the leaves as they swished around me. I sat mesmerized as I watched them periodically flutter to the ground in their glorious Fall colours.
My quiet afternoon in the garden worked magic on my nerves. I felt invigorated with a newfound zest for life.
It was a curious thing, like soothing balm for the soul.
Has life’s hectic pace ostracized you from mother nature? If you’ve lost faith in her power to heal (or forgotten what its like to feel nature), I encourage you to go outside – you don’t have to venture far.
If you have a backyard, great. If you don’t, go sit quietly on your front steps. And please, leave your cell phone behind!
Let nature work her magic on you.
She’s good. Very good.