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An outdoors kid is a kid who cares

My daughter Emma went on her first camping trip when she was 18 months old. She learned to walk at Ontario's Killbear Provincial Park and had her first beach experience in the glorious, chilly waters of Georgian Bay.

She's seven years-old now and has logged quite a few camping kilometres in our province.  She has also hiked through the rainforests of Panama and Costa Rica.

Getting outside is just something we do here at home and when we travel. We don't think about it much. We don't have a particular environmental agenda. We just appreciate nature and like to be a part of it whenever we can.  Emma is part of that simply by being our daughter.

So what does this have to do with The Lorax?  When the movie came out in theatres this year we took Emma to see it. It is a film that is big and bold and rich with colour and music. And it delivers an important environmental message that is as relevant today as when Dr. Seuss wrote the book when I was just a baby in 1971.   But I have to confess - I'd never read the book. This spring, The Lorax was as new to me as it was to Emma.


We loved it.  She got the important message.  Soon after we saw the movie I bought the book. Tonight, we brought home our very own copy of the movie and declared it to be "movie night".

The Lorax is officially Emma's fave movie and I couldn't be happier.  In this world of pop culture, cotton candy tv shows and music that is produced only for entertainment value, my kid picked The Lorax as her go-to movie.

She might choose to wear glitter and dresses and fashion flip flops to go on a hike but under all of that she is actually "green".  Wait.  Make that orange.....

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not" 
~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax.
Emma cares. She cares a whole awful lot.

Thanks to The Lorax, I've realised that spending all that time outside really has had a positive impact on my child.  With each camping trip, walk in the woods or geocaching adventure she's taken with us, our simple conversations about the natural world we're exploring have actually sunk in and made a difference.


  1. An excellent post! I'm the same as you - I never read The Lorax as a child. In fact I don't think I had ever even heard of it until the movie came out.

    Emma will grow to treasure these memories. My sister and I have fond memories of the simpler things. They make a childhood. :)

    1. Thanks, Jen! The simpler things make an adulthood, too!


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