My first memorable experience exploring the natural world was most awe-inspiring. I was four years of age and my family lived in an established neighborhood in the city of Chicago. The streets were tree lined and I can remember wanting to be outdoors at any opportunity to see the squirrels and birds that lived in these majestic woods. Every creature had a nest or an entrance into the trees, which was their daily abode for the season. The bee’s even had a hive under our back porch, which was close to my mother’s flower and vegetable garden. You could watch for what seemed like hours as they hovered over the flowers and then back to their hive.
I also remember an uncontrollable urge to dig in the dirt with my mother’s best silver serving set, whenever I found acorns that had fallen from the trees. Her silver-set had a much larger spoon and fork, which made digging much easier for my small hands. You see my grandmother told me these were the seeds that make the oak trees, which lined our streets so, I was determined to grow a huge tree, naturally of course!!
But alas, we moved a year and a half later to the east coast, and I have not been back to this street in Chicago to see if my acorns actually grew into majestic trees. I think about that young girl from time to time, when I am in my own garden holding a spade in hand, the breeze blowing and a myriad of ideas running through my imagination, which makes being outdoors awe inspiring!!!
I do enjoy the flora and fauna of my neighborhood, but from time to time must go to the city to explore the concrete jungle of a huge metropolis. Just being outdoors fills me with the confidence to travel into unfamiliar terrain.
8 Replies to “Daily Prompt: The Natural World”
Hello StylishHeath, I enjoyed reading about a couple of fond memories you had when you were a young girl. That was really heartwarming. I too, fine tree lined streets very appealing. Except when it’s time to rake. Lol…………….nice post. Keep up the inspiration……………..
Thank you for taking partaking in my sentimental journey, this was really a lot fun writing about the past.
I too remember the flora and the fauna of the south side of Chicago from my youth. Surprisingly there is an abundance of foliage to enjoy in the vast metropolis of this size. Although I currently live on the north side which has a higher per capita ratio in it’s neighborhoods, I live within walking distance of the lakefront which is graced by Lincoln Park and it’s abundant goodies. There is Lincoln Park Zoo, bird watching areas, doggie beaches and otherwise verdant and gorgeous green abundance. My own personal moniker through the years has been “nature boy,” and I am always visiting the spectacular sights. Remember you are in this universe for a reason, and the universe is in you. All the elements that comprise your being were forged in the hearts of stars…..you are merely star stuff. We are one with the universe, wear this with pride.
Well stated, and thank you for sharing the abundant goodies within your neighborhood. To have the lakefront of Michigan near your home must be a bonus, especially when you have had a busy day!!!!
I loved this post Stylish Heath. It brought back memories of running through the trees in the hills of Pittsburgh, playing hide-and-seek in the woods, and burying time capsules in the earth. Keep on blogging…I enjoy your posts!
I am glad to have sparked your memories of running through the trees and hills of Pittsburgh. It is great to reminisce and take pleasure in remembering the past. Thank you for reading the post!!!
Hi my dearest K,
Thank you for sharing,it was a beautiful memories.Nice photos and looked so peaceful of your backyard.Hope your garden have good crop this year.Keep up with beauty ,eat well and live healthy.
Enjoy summer K.
Thank you so much for sharing your kind words of wisdom and beauty, and am pleased you enjoyed the post!!!!