A natural affinity

My siblings and I, playing in the Smokey Mountains, sometime in the mid-1960's

My siblings and I, playing in the Smoky Mountains, sometime in the mid-1960’s

“Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime.”
Robin C. Moore and Herb H Wong

One of the best ways to enjoy nature is to tag along with a child or two.  They notice things we have forgotten how to see, and find fascination in what we overlook.  Chances are that some of your earliest favorite memories (and probably a few not-so-happy ones) spring from your outdoor explorations.

If you have children, grandchildren or friendly neighborhood kids, try looking at the world through their eyes for a few minutes.  Young people teach us in a way that makes learning fun: unintentionally, spontaneously, sometimes accidentally, but guaranteed to be interesting.  What did you learn about nature as a child?  What do you continue to learn about it from children?

One year ago today:

The world’s best teachers

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. mickey

    That comment is so true … and I’ve never outgrown it :o)

    • Mickey, you are fortunate! I hope that most of us never outgrow all that is good about being a child.

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