Why my kids never experience nature
Dear Evan and Lulu,
I’m so sorry you never got to experience nature growing up. You see, the fact is parents have to choose between technology and being outside. Clearly, we chose technology. It is the same grueling decision that parents make when they have to decide whether they want their children to learn reading or math. There can only be one!
There were those 4 times we went camping every summer. The weekends we took the canoe (that we own) out on lakes throughout our beautiful state of Idaho. Oh! The trip we take to the ocean every year. A few dozen hiking adventures each summer. Skiing, snowshoeing, staying in yurts and cabins in the winter. Fishing, biking, and swimming when we can fit it in (obviously your technology addiction takes up most of your time.)
I’ve heard from hundreds of concerned folks since I posted this blog who seem to be experts on the nature deficiency I’m causing you. So I just wanted to write this quick apology letter to you, and of course to them.
Weird, isn’t it, that with a step father who teaches outdoor education and conservation that we never made it outdoors? (Almost as strange as it is that you have a mother who is a librarian but she still lets you use technology because she knows you don’t have to just read 24 hours a day to be proficient at it).
Many, many apologies.
If only we didn’t have to choose.