Muir was reminding people how one action taken now has a set of impacts both here and there. In another way, however, an action can have impacts both now and then. That is, the dimension of time is similar to the dimension of space. In this way, we can understand that a "tug on a single thing in nature," can have impacts for a lifetime. Because June is the month for Father's Day, it is worthwhile to consider how the actions of parents can shape their children's appreciation of the natural world over their lifetimes. At the Wild Bird Center, we are often privileged to witness and to assist in the kind of inter-generational hand-off that makes us hope for the future of the environment.
One of the most popular articles ever published in our little newsletter was the piece entitled, "Lawns and God." This short essay, reprinted from another source, provided a humorous, but devastating look at the Creator's assessment of the suburbanite's perverse obsession with a green lawn. Since this is the time of year that people are getting back to outdoor living, it seems appropriate to follow up by suggesting that your lawn, your backyard is actually, to use John Muir's phrase, the "single thing nature" that you have control over. The suggestion here is that in this month of Father's Day, you use your "single thing in nature" to re-attach it to the rest of the world and to the world you children and grandchildren will live in.