My Little Nature Book

My parents never cease to amaze me. I came home with a copy of my newly published book(let) about Nature and showed it to them. I underestimated their reaction of delight, appreciation and imagine that... pride!

They kept on asking where I got the talent and I reminded them of both their fathers who are writers! My mom's dad is the Father of Visayan literature or so an article I read once said. My father's dad on the other hand was the first Methodist bishop in the country and was a prolific writer.

Not that this little book qualifies as a "book" book. It's a tribute to one of the caretakers of my childhood ... Mother Nature.

When I was young I would often explore the neighboring fields of grass and trees. At the time, our neighborhood was filled with empty land since our family was one of the first "settlers". I would while away my time in our garden (as big a space as our home).

I used to think that our garden was such a waste due to its size. But as I grew older I saw the wisdom of my parent's ways in keeping all that greenery around us. I loved discovering what was under rocks and habitually climbed trees (without my mother knowing!). Nature indeed, or God through the grass, butterflies and flowers took good care of me.

My moments swinging amidst the birds, grasshoppers and bees were moments of pure tranquility. I was a in a world all my own and I treasured it.

My book is a bit of a journey to that place again meaning to share it to the young (and not so young) of today. Many kids spend most of their waking moments in front of the computer or ipod without realizing how much they miss.

Each page contains an activity you can do outdoors, whimsical illustrations and an inspiring quote. I'm wondering if a copy of this has been sold yet... I'll check tomorrow. It's printed on 100% unbleached earth-friendly kraft paper.

Here's wishing that you will experience as well the irreplaceable joy that Nature brings. Bless you!

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Calej lives in Japan with her husband. She designs and doodles for a living.