Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

Outside -



I feel drawn outside as I listen to the rain.  I hear a tree crack,  not right here, but not so far away, as I read this article on the importance of nature for children.   It is written by Richard Louv.. 

 http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/240/

I am especially drawn to this paragraph.


   

Even without corroborating evidence or institutional help, many parents notice significant changes in their children’s stress levels and hyperactivity when they spend time outside. “My son is still on Ritalin, but he’s so much calmer in the outdoors that we’re seriously considering moving to the mountains,” one mother tells me. Could it simply be that he needs more physical activity? “No, he gets that, in sports,” she says. Similarly, the back page of an October issue of San Francisco magazine displays a vivid photograph of a small boy, eyes wide with excitement and joy, leaping and running on a great expanse of California beach, storm clouds and towering waves behind him. A short article explains that the boy was hyperactive, he had been kicked out of his school, and his parents had not known what to do with him—but they had observed how nature engaged and soothed him. So for years they took their son to beaches, forests, dunes, and rivers to let nature do its work.

The photograph was taken in 1907.  The boy was Ansel Adams. 

 

 


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