Another year where I meant to take off Earth Day and forgot until a few days before and now I'm too busy. Dangit! And just like last year, I'm saying to myself that in 2017, I'll totally take the day off and go hiking. So maybe I will make that happen next year. Fingers crossed, Caitlin (even though you know you'll forget again, you idiot).
^Cannon Beach, Oregon. The prettiest piece of natural earth.
When we were little, my mom always ensured that we had a healthy appreciation for this day. We wore clothes that had a picture of the earth on them to school. We always had to pick-up trash around our neighborhood by walking around with big bags and trash picker-uppers (which my sister and I made use of by pulling each other's hair). More often than not, we planted something. And we were unfailingly forced to spend much of it outside including an al fresco dinner incorporating food from our garden. I liked most of the day's plans minus the trash picking up part. Y'know, on account of being a kid and inherently selfish. But as I've gotten older, there is really nothing else I would rather do on earth day than be outside. No matter what task I was doing.
Amongst all the differences in all land, there's one common ground we all have. And I mean that literally. We all stand on common ground that we call earth.
So three cheers to that. While I will be stuck in an office today, I'm excited to make up for it outside tomorrow hiking with one of my good girlfriends from my sorority and our equally scruffy black dogs.
Happy Earth Day!