Caring about the environment is patriotic.
August 30th, 2011
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.