Isn’t it cool that we have one day devoted to our amazing planet and safeguarding its future? I love Earth Day. And there are so many fun things that you can do with your family to celebrate, whether you want to plant a tree, pick up trash in your neighborhood, or start composting.
This year, rain or shine, I’m hoping to take my five- and two-year-old children on a nature trek. Our walks usually entail me sneaking in a quick workout while they kick back in the “baby” jogger—but on Earth Day it’ll be their turn to explore. I’ll follow their lead, stopping to inspect plants, bugs, birds, and squirrels. If it’s raining, we’ll don rain coats, splash in puddles, and look at worms. I loved to explore the woods as a kid and I want to foster in my children that same love of nature.
We’ll talk about protecting trees and wetlands for the birds and wildlife. We’ll listen for frogs and feel the sun or rain on our skin. I’ll tell them about how the little things they do, such as turning off the water while they brush their teeth, help save water, which is precious and necessary to all life on our planet.
At home, we’ll look at the small garden we’re planning and talk about which plants might thrive in that area (south facing with plenty of sun). We’ll talk about how trees create oxygen, making the air we breathe healthier, and the ways in which plants and trees add beauty to our world.
For dinner, I’ll talk about how the Earth (with the help of farmers) creates these amazing, delicious foods that taste delicious and make our bodies grow big and strong. Maybe we’ll try out “Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Brie,” an “Easy Eats” recipe at Cobornsdelivers.com and serve it with fresh fruit.
However you decide to mark this Earth Day, I hope it is with a heart full of gratitude and wonderment at our planet. Our Earth is truly an amazing gift, and I think that we’re all better people when we keep that fact in our minds and hearts.