Happy Earth Day
The year was 1970..
I was newly arrived in California..
for the very first time..
big-eyed, big-haired and aghast!
Far away from my sugary white sandy beaches..
Welcome to yellowish dusty Pacific beaches..
Gone was the smell of ocean and pine trees..
Hello to concrete, smog and Santa Ana winds..
Marvin Gaye was singing Mercy, Mercy me...
something about Ecology..
what the heck was ecology?
a new term..
Flower Children were dancing in the streets..
Hippies were everywhere..
bell bottoms and gas masks?
That was 41 years ago..
seems like just yesterday...
In those years, I've learned much..
a lot of what had nothing to do with hippies or flower children ..
or even Marvin Gaye..
It all started at home..
using good common sense..
We grew our own food..
we recycled everything..
remember the term "hand me downs"?
that was common practice in our household..
we sewed most of our clothing from grain sacks..
no fancy brand names.
just "made with love from Mom"
we picked,canned and froze vegetables for winters use..
we composted , amended our soil..
and respected our planet..
beginning at home.
We've come a long way in those 41 years..
More people inhabit our planet..
More people to add to the waste..
what is to happen when there is no longer land to FILL?
yet,because of that day in 1970..
new laws for protecting our planet have been enacted..
and practiced as we preached..
On this Earth Day and everyday,
I celebrate my God..
who made this planet for me and mine to exist, co-exist..
while doing MY part to protect and preserve it for the next generation..
teaching and guiding as my parents did..
and theirs before them..
all it takes is ONE to start a movement...
and others following ..
WE can make a difference..
YOU and I..