Last year, a friend from my high school days, Margaret Hall Spencer, published her first children’s book, My City Tree Cares For Me, a sweet story of a young girl’s appreciation of nature’s towering wonders. I immediately purchased a copy and discovered that it resonated with me on several levels. For starters, in my profession, I’m constantly connecting to energy sources. Living in Palm Springs, they range from spectacular mountains and, as far as trees, uh, palms! Never taking the surroundings for granted, I’m very much aware of the amazing riches they provide.
But, there’s more to her book. How brilliant of the author to select a youngster to provide the narrative for this cheerful wake-up call. Through a child’s eyes, the world is less filtered. Pure. Loving. Hopefully, grown-ups will not only share the story’s message with kids, but will serve as role models in protecting and blessing the planet.
And, I still have more to say about the quick read. The girl in the paperback thrives on co-existing with the great outdoors. Not once is there a mention of her wanting to be glued to a video game or texting on an iPhone. How pleasant that simple pleasures and experiences trumped the sometimes all-too consuming impact of technology in our lives (and, that’s coming from a blogger!).
And, finally, as someone who is pursuing his own publishing venture, my friend serves as an inspiration. The power of the pen has the ability to inform and influence. It’s my intent to join her ranks in the near future.
In the meantime, go hug a tree and feel good about it!
Love and light,