That's how we grew up. Don't know much about being purified but the woods, fields, streams and ponds were a constant source of fun, surprises and awe. We took a lot for granted back then, wish it was still like that now.
Yup, the last generation to run free, tho we didn't know it at the time...
Just turning the kids outside isn't enough. You need to share some of your own deep thoughts and holy emotions.I saw some free-range kids out by Amity. They're rare and endangered, but not yet extinct.
This beautiful quote reminds me of one of my favorite Gary Snyder poems. For The ChildrenThe rising hills, the slopes,of statisticslie before us.the steep climbof everything, going up,up, as we allgo down.In the next centuryor the one beyond that,they say,are valleys, pastures,we can meet there in peaceif we make it.To climb these coming crestsone word to you, toyou and your children:stay togetherlearn the flowersgo light--Gary Snyder