The Mill On the Floss

     First of all, I apologize to anyone who has tried to visit in the last few days.  The site had a problem which, fortunately, is now solved.–AM

     I am posting below two very short excerpts from the book The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot.  These paragraphs are filled with the author’s love for the natural world, a world made all the more precious by the repetition of the seasons, year after year.  Elliot’s love of nature, deepened by her childhood experiences, makes a powerful argument for getting today’s kids outside.  To fail to do so, I think, is to deprive them of experiences that will nurture them all their lives.–April Moore   

     “We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it–if it were not the earth where the same flowers come up again every spring that we used to gather with our tiny fingers as we sat lisping to ourselves on the grass–the same hips and haws on the autumn hedgerows–the same redbreasts that we used to call ‘God’s birds’ because they did no harm to the precious crops.  What novelty is worth that sweet monotony where everything is known, loved because it is known?”

     “Our delight in the sunshine on the deep-bladed grass today might be no more than the faint perception of wearied souls, if it were not for the sunshine and the grass in the far-off years, which still live in us, and transform our perception into love.”–George Elliot

5 Responses to “The Mill On the Floss”

  1. Todd Says:

    Ah yes, exploring the fields, climbing the trees, following animal trails, finding an owl pellet, finding the owl – and of course the many barefoot bee stings.

  2. Joan Brundage Says:

    Thanks, April, for reminding me how my love of nature is so grounded in my childhood experiences of playing year round in an east coast forest next to my forest. It was bliss and I still go to nature for soul food.

  3. Katharine Says:

    How wonderful are my memories of fishing on the Shenandoah…dawn, afternoons, dusk…spring, summer and fall…each moment a different sensation leaving a special imprint that impacts all of my perceptions. We can not love what we have never known.

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