Missing the green

Sunday, September 11, 2011

When you live in a city your brain lights up in the morning in an unusual rush, as if you are going to miss a big meeting or your TV interview is about to start in 2 hours. Maybe it is just the view of the fast walking career people, passing my window, reminding me that city life is all about keep moving, working, networking, achieving.

But sometimes you've got to stop and smell the rain, the Earth, listen to the silence and be still, wonder before Nature's beauty, stop getting somewhere and just be, for that moment. And for that we try to go for day trips. Quick outgoings, away from the buzz, closer to Nature, to remind the kids that there is more, behind the buildings, calling your name when you want a piece of peace.

This Summer we dipped our heads in history and our feet in sand at Ringwood State Park, went hiking at the Delaware Gap and egg collecting at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture .

Of course with small kids the "listen to silence" and "be still" lasts for about 2 seconds, but still it is better than nothing, right?