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Spring March 23, 2007

Filed under: Nature — bookwritegirl @ 6:31 pm

Spring has sprung! The grass is getting greener, the trees are growing buds, and the air is sweeter. Seriously, the air smells great! (Except for all the car exhaust…but I suppose that is an old complaint.) Another hallmark of spring is the thunderstorms that begin rolling through the area at a rate of one or two a week, and the tornado shelter in my house is aired out and cleaned out in preparation for the weekly tornado warnings. We’re not an apathetic family when it comes to storms, we take weather seriously. Tornado warning? You can find all eight of us sharing the closet-sized shelter with the spiders.

Even if I can’t get to my glasses or hearing aids, I always try to grab my olive-wood rosary on the way to the basement and finger the beads as I mentally pray. It seems to have been working–the worst of the storms seem to always circumvent my city. But if you believe in global warming, you’ll know that there’s an increase in storms, which translates into a greater chance that my city will be hit with a whopper one of these days. That’s what makes movies like “Twister” and “Day after Tomorrow” so scary to watch; it’s the knowledge that the scenario, while far-fetched, could very possibly happen some day, in some way.

I was seriously affected by these two movies. When I was younger, after watching “Twister”, I would prepare a “tornado bag” as a nightly ritual before I went to bed. It took me a long time to ease out of that habit, which I still revert to occasionally. I may be crazy, but one day I will be proven sane. After “Day After Tomorrow”, I’ve become more energy concious in small ways. Maybe your house doesn’t have to be heated to the temperature of a small oven during the winters…turn it down a few degrees and have an excuse to wear a fashionable sweater. Maybe you should restrain from turning on the frigid air-conditioner until it’s absolutely necessary, and even then, let it be a few degrees warmer than your ideal temperature. Maybe you don’t have to blow-dry your hair every morning…try an air-dry style every other day. It’s good for your hair and the environment. Maybe you don’t have to turn on your TV or your laptop all the time…go outside and entertain yourself with exercising, tending your garden, or be like Thoreau and just enjoy nature as is.

 “We can never have enough of Nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and Titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets…

To the sick the doctors wisely recommend a change of air and scenery….

How worn and dusty, then,  must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!…

In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex…If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them…

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away….

There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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