The natural world gives so abundantly of its delights that not only does it have water to drink, air to breathe, and clean, healthy food that grows out of the ground… It also has soft, green grass on which we can walk barefoot, glorious flowers that fill the air with intoxicating fragrances, multi-colored butterflies that dance and play above our heads, birds that speak to each other in melodies and fly in that brilliant expanse of blue that we call the sky. And all this is made possible by the life-giving warmth of a magnificent sun, brightening our days with a golden light, illuminating the beauty around us.
In 2013, 13 years into my friendship with this magical wonderland I am blessed to be living in, and 43 years after Tom Paxton wrote such poignant lyrics mourning our impending loss, the loveliness of my own garden holds more meaning to me than ever. Will we always have flowers? Will the forest always have trees? Will meadows always be green? From what I hear about the possibilities, these things are not certain. At the edges of my mind that thought preys upon whatever serenity I am somehow able to maintain, and it brings with it a sadness beyond anything I can possibly express.
“You say there were breezes… I’d love to have felt one…”
And so, I will be sure to smell the flowers now, and to notice the birds in the air now, and to feel the breeze on my skin now, this very moment. At least, that way, if anyone ever says to me, ‘Tell me again, I need to know… The oceans were blue, and birds really flew…?’ I will be able to remember that yes, once upon a time, it really was true.
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