I was cleaning out closets today; always an inspiring task. Although the kids had been playing outside for awhile, they were getting a bit, how can I put it nicely, rangy. I was getting frustrated and it built until I was having what my friend and I call a 'drop-kick moment'. I think the term is pretty much self-explanatory. Anyway, although all my son wanted to do was play Wii, I dragged everyone out to a waterfall. There is a trail through the forest first beside a creek and then you reach the waterfall.
I didn't realize how stressed out I was until I was on the trail. I looked around me at all the trees and leaves. It was like instantaneous relaxation. I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. It was amazing. And I had an epiphany. This isn't a new thought, of course, and I've had it before - but it just really hit me today that we need more beautiful things, more green spaces, in our hurried lives.
This is why I love cities like London, England and Paris, France. In London there are huge beautiful green squares right in the middle of a busy city. In Paris, there is beautiful architecture, art, and food. You will be walking along a beautiful cobble stoned street and all of a sudden you will find a statue or a fountain. Quebec City is also beautiful, so it's not just Europe.
But imagine if we had more of these green spaces all over the cities. Imagine if the highways could incorporate aspects of beauty. I love it when the highways have a strip of wild green space in the middle - true green space left to go wild, because no one can do it like Mother Nature can. When it's left truly wild, there are many different heights and textures and colours of wild greenery.
When I was at the waterfall trail today, I don't know if it was all the shades of green on the leaves and the moss on the rocks, the calming browns of the tree trunks, or the sound of the rushing water. But I felt very calm and relaxed and happy.
The kids loved the trail. They went up close to the waterfall and felt the cool spray of water. They walked across the bottom of the waterfall on the rocks. They built a bridge over the creek with logs. We had to tear them away from it, in fact.
I said to my son, "See? You can play in a video game or you can come outside and experience life firsthand!'
He looked at me blankly and said, "Can I play Wii when we get home?"