OUR GAR­DENS ARE VAN­ISH­ING

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion - ROSA DOUGHTY-LARSEN River­ton

FOR those of us for­tu­nate enough to have a gar­den in a built-up area, it re­ally is a bless­ing.

When viewed from the air, it is very dis­con­cert­ing to see the houses crowded so close to each other, that hardly a back yard or even a patch of grass is vis­i­ble any­where.

So many chil­dren today are grow­ing up not know­ing the plea­sure of just be­ing able to sit for hours un­der a tree read­ing a favourite book, and even day­dream­ing with­out a care in the world.

My most mem­o­rable hours grow­ing up were spent with a friend or my sib­ling ly­ing on our backs out­side in the late evenings and look­ing up at the myr­iad of stars in the sky and even try­ing to count them.

We looked up at the full moon and won­dered if it were in­deed made of cheese.

Look­ing for the Milky Way was an in­fi­nite source of joy and we took turns try­ing to find the North­ern Star and other shapes in the skies which re­minded us of some fas­ci­nat­ing an­i­mal and the like.

It was all very in­spir­ing and cer­tainly freed our imag­i­na­tion to soar beyond the con­fines of our sur­round­ings.

The feel­ing of the soft and dewy grass un­der our heads and out­stretched arms, was in­fin­itely re­lax­ing.

And know­ing, too, that we were not be­ing pres­surised into un­wanted ac­tiv­i­ties by our par­ents was even more fan­tas­tic.

I don’t think many young peo­ple today, with their noses con­stantly glued to one or other tablet, will ever have the priv­i­lege of know­ing what such an ex­pe­ri­ence can be like.

Mostly closed up in the con­fines of their rooms, the best way to in­ter­act with the world is through their phones.

In my hum­ble opinion, it is a sad phe­nom­e­non of our mod­ern world.

For those who would love to know what the fu­ture job mar­ket is likely to be, I would sug­gest a study in eye, neck and back prob­lems and in the field of psy­chi­a­try deal­ing with the con­se­quences of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness.

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