How will the local wildlife be celebrating Canada Day 2009?
Wild creatures make the most of each day that dawns. Their families have lived in Canada generations longer than any of ours and could probably teach us a thing or two about how to celebrate the land. They don’t care who owns the territory they live on or how it’s administered politically. We humans care so much more about ownership and nationalities, often to the point of being as ridiculous as fleas arguing over which one of them owns the dog.
Around the world, our country is known for its vast wilderness and beauty. If we really wanted to celebrate Canada, we’d take this day to savour and enjoy the brightest blooms of summer, its greenest leaves and its tallest trees. We’d get up early to watch the sun rise over the vast landscape and take time at the end of the day to watch it set. We’d spend as much time as possible outdoors, feeling the coolness of the grass beneath our feet and the sunshine or rain on our faces. We’d splash around in lakes and sink our toes into the sand on the beaches along our coasts. Only then would we realize that it is not us who have a hold on the land, but rather that it is the land that has a hold on us.
Remember, you belong to Nature, not it to you.
~ Grey Owl