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Eyes of a Child

I asked my niece to tell me what she thought of nature. This is what she said:

“Nacher is very prity. I like nacher because it is a fun, funny, and you can clime treees! I have been on a walk with my dog Hank and I have sean many trees, animals, and plants! It was so fun seeing trees, animals, and plants! I have been to the creek and the river and it was a fantastic place to go to! I love they flufy animals.”

Allow me to translate:

“Nature is very pretty. I like nature because it is fun, funny, and you can climb trees! I have been on a walk with my dog Hank and I have seen many trees, animals, and plants! It was fun seeing trees, animals, and plants! I have been to the creek and the river and it was a fantastic place to go to! I love the fluffy animals!”

This is a child who has grown up in the city, and while I have tried to take them to different parks and hiking trails, both my nieces’ ideas of nature revolve around their dogs and the animals they have seen in the zoo and the aquarium. Are we doing future generations a disservice??

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