Children’s Complaints About Nature

We continue our series of children’s essays about what it means to be “mother nature’s child”. Following are responses from three Edge Academy students who wrote about the downside of playing in nature:

Says Brian Hamlin: “Nature contains bugs and dangerous animals, while inside contains wonderful technology, such as computers and TVs and video games. That tilts me towards inside, where all the graphic fun is.”

Fourteen year old Vahan Ionnisian passionately details his complaints about nature:

Usually, I’m bored outside, there’s nothing interesting, so I usually avoid it unless I need to mow the lawn, or some other task. How is it different to indoors? Well for one thing, there’s no structure to the outside, outside has no definite layout. Outside is also uncaring, and non-responsive, visualize it like this: a game has two areas, inside and out, and while inside has plenty of things to interact with and use, the outside is just an environment, and nothing does anything, or can be done anything to. And nothing outside is really interesting, there aren’t even any trees to climb. I’d ride my bike, but I live smack dab in the middle of a huge, steep hill. Already it seems that, I find that things go better when I leave nature well enough alone, unless it need to be mowed, or raked or whatever you have, but that’s not all. Also, there’s truckloads of bugs outside. Bugs are my main peeve for the outside, next to heat. They swarm around your face, get into your eyes, your hair, everywhere, and you can’t swat them because they move with inhuman speed, faster than you can hope to follow. There’s also a second class of bugs, not the “Gnat” variety. It’s the bee type. I HATE bees, and wasps, and hornets, and whatever other seething striped stingers you have. They don’t really scare me, but I know the pain of a bee sting enough to flee when one approaches. They say if you leave the bee alone, nothing will happen to you. I tried freezing when a bee came toward me once, and it just landed on me, walked around a bit, and when I flinched the least bit, gave me a shot in the arm. Going back to the Gnat type, they conveniently won’t go away, even if you wave your arms like a madman, because they are attracted to moisture, which brings me to the second thing, heat. It drains your energy, makes you dizzy, gets you dehydrated, thereby soaking your clothes with sweat, which is not only uncomfortable and hot, but attracts bugs. The heat has an uncanny way of burning into your head and causing various unpleasant effects. None of those apply when it’s cold or snowy though. When it’s cold or snowy, new things apply. The cold bites any part of you that’s uncovered, and snow, despite being fun to play in, can worm it’s way into any part of your clothing. Bonus wetness if you fall down into it. So you see, I don’t really give too much for nature, one way or another, but I do give it credit for keeping the air clean, because without green plants, there would be little to no oxygen. I just leave it well enough alone, and keep it to do the same.

Jackson Waring, age 12, doesn’t see himself as a child of Mother Nature:

“The way I experience nature is by climbing trees sometimes you can see EVERYTHING up there, sometimes you see NOTHING up there. One other con of climbing tree’s is that sometimes you fall off. Like at my old house, I had this favorite tree to climb. One day I slipped and fell off. Thankfully my sister was on the branch below me and caught me. THANK GOD SHE WAS THERE! One more pro is that you can have a tree house in it.

I think that a mother nature’s child is someone who loves nature. I’m not one but I think that they go outside for 24/7, going on hikes once a week, having picnics a lot of the time, the whole shebang. Some day maybe I will do all of those. But I’m more of a city boy if you ask me.”

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