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Rated: E · Essay · Nature · #2157836
What I knew then and what I know now.
"Nature As A Teacher" (a school writing assignment from 1966, published in the local newspaper)


Nature is very delicate. She strives to teach us her endless and divine ways. One must be near her to really feel and see her beauty. In "The Tables Turned", Wm. Wordsworth wrote, "Books cannot teach the intricate beauty of Nature as Nature can herself. Words seem to dull compared to the experiences of Nature".

Susan J. Welker
1966
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May Day 2018.....Essay 52 years later
I was but a tender sprout when I wrote that assignment, inspired by Wm. Wordsworth's quote in "The Tables Turned". Decades later, since that lost and now found school writing assignment, I have stretched from spindly legs, broaden my mind, and evolved spiritually with life experiences. I have come to realize Nature is a paradox; illustrating her delicacy while demonstrating her strengths.
Nature is always near. We become aware of her embraces as we take mindful and soulful opportunities to embrace Her. Nature takes good care of us. As her caretakers in turn, we should treat her with gratitude in our partaking and sharing. She provides, as well as, teaches life lessons to our minds and souls, from her own heartbeat.

For all those gifts that Nature has to offer us, I give thanks. I celebrate.

May you sing her songs,
dance her dances,
learn her lessons,
give thanks,
and keep her circle strong.

Susan J. Welker
A.K.A.
Claire Turtlemoon


Continued from the essay, "Nature As A Teacher":

I have realized, along my long and adventurous journey into Elderhood, Nature is always tickling our noggins with breezes, touching us from our finger tips to the tips of our toes, and treating us with delicious tastes and teasing us with fragrances.
Many cultures pay respect to Nature and the bountiful gifts she has to offer: for sustaining life; appreciating, protecting, and preserving her gifts; acknowledging Her abilities to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The breath and heart of us all is one spectacular package; Earth and all of its environment, plant and animal life, and the pure enjoyment of Nature's picturesque images and sweet aromas.




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