Happy Earth Day!

Today marks the 43rd annual Earth Day — one of my favorite days.

Whoever chose April 22nd to celebrate the earth knew what they were doing. It’s as though today is the day Mother Nature finally throws off her hibernation, awakened by the persistent 4:30-a.m. peeping and chirping of the birds who live outside my window. She’s slow-moving — much like me before I’ve had my morning coffee — and sometimes she’s ill-tempered, as evidenced by our torrential rains and even snowstorms(!) forecast for this week. But when she’s given a moment’s peace, she quietly blooms, enticing you to soak up her warmth.

In the past, I’ve been inspired to sew a bunch of cloth napkins or walk the kids to school or go collect the freebies (like free reusable bags) that retailers hand out — all for Earth Day.

This year, I’m opting for quiet reflection about the environment and my family’s impact on it. Today, I’m going to enjoy the sunshine, listen to the birds, and clean up the yard. Even though I have a documented black thumb, I’m going to dream of planting flowers and veggies around our yard.

daffodil bloom

Brave daffodil in our yard

Because for me, this day is all about nature, possibilities, and hope. Happy Earth Day.

About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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9 Responses to Happy Earth Day!

  1. Happy Earth Day Joan! 🙂

  2. I love this post! Thanks for the reminder to sit back and enjoy some of the beauty we’re offered every day. I plan on doing a craft with the kids….something, um, Earthy. 🙂

    • We’ve had such horrible weather that it’s almost a shock to see the sun! Have a great time crafting up something fun with your kids — I’d love to know what kind of “earthy” craft you do!

  3. mtetar says:

    Very nice post, Joan! Your idea for the day is also good and so is your blooming of daffodil in your yard. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  4. Happy Earth day Joan 🙂

  5. Time With Thea says:

    Another inspiring and brilliant post Joan. If every one took one little step whether it was showing appreciation or caring for our precious Earth every day of our loves rather than just on Earth Day, what a wonderful earth it would be. Thank you for this inspiring post. Happy Earth Day form Thea!

  6. It turned out to be a pretty nice Earth Day here! I celebrated by not having to wear a coat outside!!! I also made up homemade tortillas and a pot of beans for my son’s Kindergarten class (I’m not sure how that is Earth Day related but I thought they could use a special treat for Earth Day)!!

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