As a young girl growing up on a farm with 12 siblings in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I could not wait to move to the big city. Free of farm chores, free of farm smells and free of wide-open farm spaces.
The city beckoned. Or, Blacksburg VA did anyway. Free from chores and ready for a new experience in college. Little did I know that the love of nature was in my blood. I soon realized that I had taken nature for granted and I actually loved it.
So, I set my sights on a degree in horticulture with a minor in Vocational Education as a back up to get a job in my chosen field. After college I taught horticulture in high school.
Years and three kids later, I still love it. It is my chosen path.
Love of nature
Here are some reasons I love nature:
Nature is calming and peaceful.
Immersing yourself in nature makes you better understand where your food comes from.
Nature reminds you that it is the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy.
Infusing nature in the home
Once I finished college and married, I began to make sure that the aspects of nature became part of my home. As a mother I tried to impart this love to my three sons. I cannot tell you the number of times they balked at being outdoors working in the yard. Their idea of being outside was to play. But, all my teachings have paid off. My oldest son, Craig calls just to talk yard talk! And now I get to watch my grandchildren reap the benefits of nature having learned it through their parents teaching them.
I marvel at my grandson, Blake’s interest in the simple joys nature has to offer like watching a robin outside the window looking for food and then finding a nest in the tree house full of eggs. Or Ryleigh and Blake picking the first strawberries from the family garden they have helped to nurture and tend.
In future articles you will find ways to bring nature inside for you and your family. Gardening can be a fun hobby and it can involve the whole family!
Look for articles on other topics as well such as, “How to make a terrarium”, and “How to reduce toxins in the home with indoor plants”.