There are plenty of references to Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” on Earth Day every year, but it’s Carson’s poetic book, “The Sense of Wonder,” that sits on my list of all-time favorite reads. Originally written as an essay for Women’s Home Companion, Carson urges parents to take their children to the wild places to teach them about the wonder of life around us. Its childlike appreciation for all things natural helps to temper the otherwise worrisome discussions about our Blue Planet.
So I thought you’d might enjoy this short movie clip that uses Carson’s words to describe lessons learned from the Monarch butterfly (sorry about the breathy voiceover and violins, but Carson’s message centered on how the presence of happiness and beauty can nudge aside the sadness associated with the end of earthy lifecycles is inspiring).
Happy Earth Day. May you bloom with gratitude, fresh produce season is just around the corner….