Mother Nature Welcomes Human Nature

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Mother Nature drew the shades tight today. The darkness has fallen into the night and it is only noon. The lights illuminate my abode as if it were midnight, as a pouring February rain leaves droplets on the windows. The tapping sounds of the cloudburst resemble the beat of Celtic dancing on my rooftop. A gloomy day turns beautiful in the mind of an appreciative soul and that soul is me. “Thank you for this day!” I loudly exclaim.

We, as fragile, imperfect creatures allow so much to enter into our lives and upset our individual apple carts. It is a character flaw to be sure, but one that needs constant attention for improvement. How can we grow spiritually, intellectually, acceptingly or even lovingly if we refuse to open our eyes, minds, and hearts? It saddens me when I witness some extremely opinionated people who refuse to show even an iota of curiosity in regard to varying viewpoints. Many times I have written or spoken my mind on a particular subject, only to be educated in the errors of my ways. Once I get over the initial shock of someone questioning my infinite wisdom, I will delve further into their argument or reasoning presented. Many times I have changed courses, midstream and reversed myself. No harm, no foul…apologizing is good for the soul.

I’m puzzled by those who claim they do not watch news shows or read newspapers. Where is their curiosity about local, state, national and international events? Can you somehow bury your head in the sand without wondering about world disasters, wars, hunger, economies and social unrest? However, they may also be exposed to scenic cities, do good and feel good stories from around the world, international relief efforts and a myriad of humanitarian acts performed globally. How sad not to allow ones’ self the exposure to such magnificence that abounds.

Spring is right around the corner and I await the arrival as though I am a 7-year-old boy anticipating my birthday presents. Are you excited about watching Mother Earth begin her paintings of greens, yellows, purples and the kaleidoscope of spectacular colors that hang in the gallery of our senses? I’m at a loss when some people would rather sit inside and watch television or play video games and ignore the splendor in the grass. A certain joy and contentment that overwhelms me when smelling a newly mowed lawn. I relish the sight of the year’s first robins, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Unfortunately, I was out of commission toward the end of spring and for the entire summer season last year. In my zeal to prep the flower beds and vegetable garden, I had overfilled the wheelbarrel with compost and mulch. When the weight shifted I overcompensated and immediately went for an innie belly button to an outie. This resulted in a severe umbilical hernia and surgery that kept me out of action. I loathed turning the reins over to a lawn service, but such is life and sometimes we have to admit our limitations.

Each Spring I am blessed with both gracefulness and awkwardness when the protective doe emerges from the woods behind my house, and places on exhibit her newborn fawn. I watch…hypnotized…as the mother stands frozen; only turning her head in an ongoing effort of vigilance over her newborn. My grin is broad as the fawn, with legs so fragile, begins the awkward dance of life. How can people not appreciate such blessings? Is it a character flaw when a person shuns animals and nature?

Toward the end of March, the rotor tiller comes out of hibernation, gets all cleaned and gassed up in its annual CPR class to resuscitate the long dormant garden. Even in the cold northeastern United States, gourmet lettuce plants can and are planted and my garden is no different. Oh, can you feel the love? Having an organic garden with fresh vegetables brings out the Farmer Brown in me. I am the closest to God when my hands are digging in the soil. The dreams of a future harvest conjure up images of vine ripened tomatoes, pickling, and regular cucumbers, onions, radishes, string beans, squash, zucchini, and the nine months wait for the garlic which was buried in October. Of course, nature and her elements play a major role in whether the crops will be plentiful or not, but it doesn’t deter me in my quest.

Getting older, a flare-up of a long forgotten medical condition and a recent hospital stay has led me in new directions. First of all, is the harsh realization of my own reflection in the mirror (shaving isn’t that much fun anymore) and understanding that even though I mentally feel I’m in my thirties, the fact of the matter is certain physical limitations prove age has crept into my life. Secondly, things which once seemed so monumental are now so insignificant. No longer do I take for granted experiences or life in general. When I view the hilltops, valleys or streams, I see the minute details each provides. I literally do smell the flowers and embrace the environment around me.

See, taste, feel, hear and smell the world around you because it is so fleeting and yet so beautiful in its bounties. Remember; don’t sweat the small stuff in life, because when you are on your deathbed, it is all small stuff. Live life, hug it dearly and always be thankful.

The Old and the Young

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Written By: Dennis L. Page


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picadilly 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

Wow Mr. D you covered so much ground....just as Mother Nature does with the whoosh of her wand through the air at the change of every season! You my dear have created beauty through your choice of words and profound thoughts in this submission.

I love your article and all the different concepts you touched; stunning use of words and reflection of emotions. You have opened a gate to a journey of the unknown on both sides of the fence...there is so much growth in the wisdom of touching with someone!

When I read your words I heard the sound of your voice from your heart, you have much positive energy to share with our world contributing to the balance of the Universe and its karma! Keep writing my friend, always a delight to read!

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pagesvoice 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Ms. means a lot to me. I see we are both on the same page in awaiting Spring's arrival. The days are getting longer and I'm excited about tapping to life Spring's butt. :)

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picadilly 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

Me too, and Bella makes three! Giggle!

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ImKarn23 5 years ago

Dennis..why did this make me cry? it is so beautiful in it's understanding of what is important! You are - in my opinion - an extremely evolved human being - and, i think that can be a painful thing to endure! Your priorities are wonderful - the questions you ask have merit - and your points have a lifetime of truth! Thank you for this, sir!

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pagesvoice 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you Ms. L for your heartfelt response. It is funny how an article can take on a life of its own. I began with the opening paragraph, secondly came the title and then my mind and fingers melded together to write the rest of the story. It's amazing what happens when we just let things flow. Writing with emotion and using descriptive words can and is a freeing experience.

Why did you cry? Perhaps it is because we understand how fragile and breakable we mere mortals are. We are the living, breathing porcelain dolls of life and we don't want to be dropped. However, some day we will fall and shatter and be no more. Before that inevitable day I feel many of us want people to gaze and hold us ever so carefully, with the understanding that we can either be in the living rooms of someone's life or shoved in their basements. For me,I prefer the living room...too many spiders occupy the cellar.

I am so grateful to have you and Ms. P follow my Hubs. Thanks again my friend.

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ImKarn23 5 years ago

My pleasure D! I enjoy your writing very much and find myself leaning forward and reading every word! (no need to respond - your last response equals 3) LOL!

Jessica 5 years ago

Beautiful piece, Dennis! Spring is definitely sentimental on so many levels. After the winter cold, it brings a rebirth, that spreads such beauty, and is so pleasing to the eye. My senses dance with the smell of fresh flowers, the bright suns beams, and the fresh air. Thank you for helping my memories of spring bloom!

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pagesvoice 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you Jessica for your response. Even in the northeast today it went up to 48 degrees! I'm loving it!

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you for this beautiful hub...

I love spring and watching everything bursting into life, you write from the heart and this is so evident in your words - what a treat to read!

Voting up/beautiful and shared.

Best wishes Lesley

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Vanderleelie 4 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

I share your enthusiasm for the garden-to-come, and spend time looking at seed catalogues in anticipation of my summer vegetable plot. Enjoyed your personal essay and heartfelt sentiments.

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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

There is so much inspiration and optimism in your words and I marvel at the thought of watching that beautiful doe protecting her new fawn. I can only but imagine, yet I see mother kangaroos with their gangly young joeys, legs poking in jutted protrusions from their furry pouch homes and I smile and marvel. It is all relevant, hey!

I also feel closest to god with my hands in nature's rich warm soil. Though we are bedding down for winter here, I am already mentally planning my spring plantings and even that brings me joy. I love reading this piece, it is a great reminder of how very lucky we are and I thank you for this reminder. All the best with your spring planting :)

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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Movie Master - First of all Lesley I owe you a big apology for not acknowledging your reply earlier. I don't know what happened, but I'm certainly glad I came back to notice the error of my ways. Secondly, thank you for commenting on my hub and your vote of confidence. I have been busily trying to get things ready for the summer which includes planting bulbs, flowers, vegetables, rotor tilling, mowing and edging and on and on the list of chores go. However, because this time of year is so exciting, none of the work is work and instead it is a labor of love. Thanks again.

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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Vanderleelie - As I mentioned to Movie Master, I owe you and Fennelseed an apology for not replying to your comments earlier. In my zest to get things ready for the season I somehow lost track of this hub. Oh silly me. I already have artisan lettuce that is getting ready for picking and I've harvested some onions from last year. The garden has been tilled twice so far and is taking on its character of good things to come. I'm glad you share my enthusiasm for gardening. My pansy's are absolutely gorgeous this year and I have no idea why, but I'll accept it. Everything is a lot of work, but the reward are wonderful. Thank you again.

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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Fennelseed - As mentioned above, I apologize for being so late in responding to your comment. I don't know how I could take the time to write a hub and then forget all about it. I hope that isn't a sign of old age. Ha ha ha.

You are so fortunate to see kangaroos and joeys. How exciting! I am so glad I live where I do because we have eagles, falcons, fox, coyotes, wild turkeys, bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks and of course the deer. Yesterday and again this morning I watched in amusement as the squirrels and chipmunks frolicked with each other, chasing and tackling and running like maniacs around the trees.

I'm glad you too share my feeling of closeness to God when our hands are in the dirt. I've planted all of my flowers, bulbs, and some new rose bushes. My vegetable garden has red and white onions, 15 different types of lettuce, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, cabbage, zucchini and the beans will go in soon. My garlic was planted 7 months ago and is shooting up nicely and in 2 more months will be ready for harvest and that is good because I am almost out of garlic from last year.

On a side note, last night on our evening news they said that the happiest people are those who live in Australia. Now doesn't that just make you smile? Again, thank you for taking time to read and reply to my hub. Dennis

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