Topic | My last Nature Journal entry

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  • Becky
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    It’s been awhile since I’ve made an entry in my nature journal. As it was, I wasn’t doing it often, just maybe once a month or so.  Yesterday, I pulled it off the shelf.  I flipped back through it and then forward to find my last entry.

    The date was March 1, 2019    I had written the word  “March”   then a simple drawing of a snowbank with a shovel stuck in it & blue specks to show snow falling. In the middle of that I’d copied this poem: “Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot. We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not!”

    My mother had quoted that to me one day while we were talking by phone.  She rattled it off like nothing.  My mother, who was starting to forget.  Where did I put Dad’s gift?  So what is your temperature today? ( when I had just told her just seconds ago) Then at other times her memory would be perfectly fine.

    I studied that page, my last entry.  We’ve weathered a lot of weather (life) between then and now.  It somehow gives me courage, hope, to keep on ‘weathering’ the weather.

    Today, I made one more entry in my Nature Journal.

    January 14, 2020    James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For WHAT IS your LIFE? IT IS even A VAPOR, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

    The diseases of Sjogrens, Lupus, & Rheumatoid arthritis had their toll.  Jesus called her Home.  No more suffering, forever at rest.

    In Loving Memory of my Mother and Friend,  March 15, 1942-March 22,2019

    I miss you Mommy

     

     

    ErinD
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    That’s lovely and so true. So sorry for your loss. My mother-in-law passed away about 6 weeks ago, so I’ve had similar thoughts lately.

    Wings2fly
    Participant

    That was beautiful!  Thank you for sharing.  That is the deepest nature journal entry I’ve ever had the privilege of reading.  It helps me think differently about the purpose of doing a nature journal, something more I had been missing there.  I can tell you hold many fond memories of your mother.  May you find comfort.

    Becky
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    Thank you ladies!

    ErinD I’m sorry to hear of your loss in your family.

    My nature journal entries, previously, had been nothing of that sort.  I somehow couldn’t continue in my journal though until I’d given acknowledgement to my dear Mother. It was like I had to let go of what I thought an entry should be, and give myself permission to just be me and to follow my heart.  I just now realize though just how fitting it is to include that piece in my nature journal.  My mother and I were always pointing out to each other when we’d notice the days were getting longer, the sun is coming in the windows at a different angle, the first sign of the green grass growing along the edge of the road, the first little yellow flowers popping up along the road, the first robin we’d seen, the redness of certain trees as the buds were beginning to show more and then the first little green leaves as they begin to open…………  we’d never heard of doing a Nature journal, let alone Charlotte Mason.

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