Today I will sit in our mother’s lap…
She whispers for you too.
She wants us to come to her kitchen and learn her recipes.
She wants us to make our beds, clean our rooms,
and take care of our brothers and sisters.
Let’s sit with her, brush her hair, remind her she’s lovely and adoringly list the reasons why we appreciate her.
She scolds, but nourishes.
She takes away some our favorite things, but points us to corners where we contemplate, rethink our actions, let go, and heal.
I’ve seen her mourning. I’ve seen her dancing.
You are her favorite child. Love her like love is meant.
Without her we would not be.
Today I’ll sit in our mother’s lap…and listen.
~ Gina Truscelli-Percival
I wrote this poem one Earth Day as I was thinking about my mother. She, like our dear planet, champions motherhood. She often says my five siblings and I are her greatest achievements. I can dream up a story of planet Earth feeling the same way about each and every one of us, but right before the story gets good there’s a commercial break tugging at our heart strings, asking for help for the near-extinct creatures, the hungry families, then spotlighting science-proven climate change and selling pharmaceutical products to lessen our physical suffering. Suffering which, at base, is often the pricey toll we pay for allowing stress to become the stormy, stubborn ebb from our surrendering to nature’s flow.
Are our greatest achievements mother-approved?
Perhaps I should claim ignorance when considering humanity’s efforts (or lack there of) when it comes to the significance of morality. I’m unwilling to judge what are the “bad” or “good” habits and lifestyles we lead, but I will say that common sense can prove quite heroic. I mean, if you don’t have it in you to shout loudly about an earthly cause, simply plant a tree. Plant a plant. Plant your bare feet on the planet and play so you’ll feel with all your heart and soul that you care about how things are going. How things are growing. See if being closer to your Mother Earth brings on a fuller sense of her needs and a craving for stories of her youth.
Now let’s get muddy! This World Earth Day Mud Pie VIDEO will give you joy and inspiration.