My baby daughter turns 1 today. It’s a birthday that feels every bit as momentous as it should, and I’ve thought a lot in the past couple weeks about how we would spend it together.

I’ve decided to heed my own advice, skip the toy store, and nurture her love of nature. If we want our littlest Americans to care about the future of our country, to care about the future of our planet, then the best present we can give them is to take them outside.

I’ll be taking her for a nice long hike somewhere lush and green. She waves at rocks and trees as enthusiastically as she does people, which is something I hope she’ll continue for a long time to come.

–Jennifer Grayson

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5 Responses to “The best present we can give our children”

  1. Christy Says:

    I can’t believe it’s been a year!!!! Wow, time flies. Hope you and the family are doing well!

  2. Jennifer Grayson Says:

    Thank you! Just saw your flyer in Erewhon. I’m going to try to make it–

  3. Grandmommy & Grandaddy Says:

    She will never forget what you teach her now and she is so lucky to have such a wonderful, wise and wholesome mommy in this world where those values sometimes seem to be disappearing. Happy First Birthday to our precious little girl!!!!!

  4. Aunt Sam Says:

    Happy 1st Birthday to sweet little Isobel!!! Can’t believe it’s been a year! I LOVE that she waves at rocks and trees…:) She’s learning at a very young age that it’s the small things that make the biggest impact!!!!

  5. Jennifer Grayson Says:

    Luckily she has an Auntie who appreciates the small things as well! :-)

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