I approximate to stay on the edge of my learning.
I read, listen, & make connections.
Often I do this frenetically so as not to fall prey to conspiracy-theorist,
Fox News predator types.
I like the mindset of that beekeeper
watching the capture of a huge bee swarm in Times Square.
He estimated the swarm size to be 20,000.
Are you sure? No, he says, but, to be sure all you need to do is
count the legs & divide by 6.”
Keeping track makes the thing matter,
leading to a wide-awake life.
The 2 generations down from me value this Earth
in a way I didn’t as a kid.
Value it in that they learn it & figure out how to care for it.
My grandkids’ parents know they have to be positive & constructive
to ward off intentional trumpian chaos w/ facts not fantasy.
Lots of science, history, nature, marches, writing, letter-writing, & talk.
Keeping track is vital. Our 6-year old notebook-keeping-Bird-watcher is learning this. A 420 character 9-liner.
Eloquent & sturdy kids are signs of hope.
A renewed energy for the moral & physical health of our country.
We need signs, just like the 1st Peoples who breathed a sigh of relief
when they heard Wood Frogs quack-quacking,
watched Mourning Cloaks flutter out from under the loose bark of the Hickory,
spied the bright red & yellow epaulets of returning Redwing Blackbirds:
signals that a tough winter was over.