Saturday, August 1, 2009

Inheritance


“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” ~H.D. Thoreau

Soft gentle steps stir the fallen leaves, ears twitching she pokes her head into the sun dappled clearing to stand stoically in its brilliance, white tail at attention. Scampering down the rough bark, a grey squirrel turns its curious head, chittering in anticipation at the growing throng of animals. Limbs bend slightly supporting their friends, sparrow and blue bird, adding their voice to the revelry.

Smiles break in a wave amid the chorus of their voices as the badge is pinned upon their new friend's chest, to serve and protect as a Junior Ranger.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

25 comments:

Betsy said...

Oh, that is so cool! He looks so proud...and he looks like you!
I'm loving the new avatar, too!

Vodka Mom said...

that is one of my favorite all time proverbs.



and what a lovely tribute......

Lorraine said...

How lucky the world is, one more brave soul :)

Sandi McBride said...

Oh my! I am so proud that we have yet another Junior Ranger! I know that you are...lovely telling of his steps into manhood! Keep us posted on his progress.
Sandi

Tom said...

Nature is fun! Go Junior Rangers.

Madame DeFarge said...

Lovely moment. He looks so pleased (not that I really know what junior rangers are, but I'm assuming that they are a Good Thing!). Were you one too?

willow said...

He looks so solemn and serious. A worthy accomplishment, indeed! I love the Native American proverb. So true.

Joanna Jenkins said...

A Junior Ranger! AWESOME and CONGRATULATIONS

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

A wonderful inheritance, indeed. I love those programs and the awe they inspire in children.

Kay said...

How dear and sweet and all those good things!

Cinnamon said...

What a proud moment for you. He will learn lots of good things, I am sure :)

tony said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! A Fine reward for work well done!

Wings said...

Congrats! :)

Brian Miller said...

@betsy - thanks, i think...don't know if that is good for him or bad. yeah it was time for a change. Thats Cole hanging onto me there.

@vodka mom - its very true, if only we remembered...

@lorraine - lucky indeed. smiles.

@sandi - its a program put on by the park service to teach kids about the environment and conservation...pretty cool. although he was disappointed he never got to see the bear that is roaming the mountain right now...just traces of him.

@Tom - its my refuge, so i am glad it is contageous.

@madame - i was not. not sure if they had the program back then, but i got my education about nature from all the camping trips with my fam.

@willow - taking his responsibilities seriously...lol. yeah i love the proverb as well and seemed fitting...

@joanna - will pass along the love to him..

@jen - yeah, its amazing the kids i come across that don't know the first thing about the woods or great outdoors. he had a blast. first camp experience and it went well.

@kay - smiles

@cinnamon - i was proud of him, he did a great job, made new friends...did not fall in the lake while fishing...

@tony - ty. will pss it on to him

@wings - thanks.

otin said...

That is a great proverb! When I first saw the photo, I thought,"Oh that poor boy got lost and the Rangers were helping him! Thank God for text!!!

Marianna said...

Must be a great family moment!! Bravo!

Enjoy your weekend Brian :)
xoxo

Goofball said...

Junior Ranger....that sounds so cool. How did he get this honor? What does it mean for him? does he get special responsibilities now? Is it a general title or specific to a park?

I'm an ignorant foreigner I'm afraid

TechnoBabe said...

I wonder if there was such a thing as Junior Ranger when I was a kid. Probably not. What a concept to encourage young people to enjoy and protect their natural environment and inhabitants.

subtorp77 said...

Brian, the proverb fits the occasion well, yes! Many congrats!

...mmm... said...

congrats. Great you are there to celebrte these moments with him.

Baino said...

OK my ignorance is showing. What's a Junior Ranger? Is that like a boy scout? If so, he'll have a blast I'm sure. Both my brother's learned a lot in the scouts (not always good but they can light a fire and blow stuff up!)

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Beautiful proverb. Congratulations - you deserve to be proud...

Daniel said...

Neat piece. Thanks for sharing.

Vince Farrell said...

Very Cool!!!!
You've got a gift for putting words together and making them sound really good. ;)
Thanks for the comments on my blog, I can always count on you to give some feedback.---Yes, God lets us reconnect the dots if we get off track (speaking from experience)

The Retired One said...

I love the idea of pinning on a badge of values.......
it stuck with you, too...didn't it?
Love this post!