We had the pleasure of entertaining our granddaughter Chiara over spring break. Entertaining her was simple because we live in Matagorda. No need to look further than the Colorado River and the Gulf of Mexico to ignite fun-filled days of excitement and adventure. Living on the river gives us a front row seat to the parade of shrimping and fishing boats navigating the waters to and from the Gulf. Looking at it through the eyes of a 4 year old exemplifies the wonder and fascination found in nature. Whether she’s fishing off the pier or on our boat, using binoculars to spot all the species of birds or taking a jeep ride on the beach and collecting sea shells, Chiara forms her very own roots and childhood memories of Matagorda that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. My husband Sam and I take every opportunity to remind her how much she is loved and appreciated as a member of our family. Just as we experienced the lives of our children being influenced and shaped by us, we continue now to do the same with our sweet granddaughter. No matter where life leads Chiara, she will have strong family roots, grounded in love, to remind her where she comes from and wings to lift her beyond her wildest imagination. Sharing our love and respect for nature with her promises the next generation will be influenced as well. Our beautiful coastal area is the perfect teaching platform. What better teacher than nature to exhibit free expression of God’s creation?
Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. – Albert Einstein.
Originally published in The Bay City Tribune on March 20, 2016.