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Topic: FAMILY (01/21/16)
TITLE: Go Outside, Boy
By David Morey
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SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH, SCIENTISTS SAY
Well, I’m happy that scientists have figured this out. I really am. But, to be fair, my mother knew it decades ago. When I was a boy, my mom offered this great advice to me almost every day.
If I was lazing around the house, watching cartoons, my mom would say:
“You need to go outside and play. It’s good for you.”
Or, if I was running around the house, getting in her way, she would say:
“Go play outside. The sunshine and fresh air will do you good.”
And, if I didn’t take that advice, she might say:
“GO OUTSIDE, BOY, OR I’LL TAN YOUR HIDE!”
Going outside at that moment was certainly good for my health.
Science is finally catching up with Mom. It’s about time.
Believe it or not, just a few days ago, my mom called me and told me it was time to go outside. She said we needed to get the family together and spend an evening around a fire. She’s not a scientist but it sounded like a good idea. Bonfires have been a family favorite for years.
We spent all of last evening outdoors. We built a big fire, ate hot dogs and smores, and had a great time. There were four generations around that fire - from three years old to eighty-three years young. Our evening touched a fifth generation, as well. We used a large, cast-iron kettle to contain the flames. It was the kettle my grandfather used to boil down his sugar cane – many, many years ago. He appreciated the outdoors, too.
It was good for us – just like my mom, and the scientists, said.
We talked, laughed, remembered and relaxed. We enjoyed each other’s company, the dancing flames, the smell of the fire and the crisp country air. At times the younger generations would run off into the darkness for an adventure or two. They always returned to the warmth of the fire. The rest of us never left the warmth of the fire. The evening was as pleasant as they come.
As the hour grew late, the flames died down. Our spirits did not.
Because spending time outdoors is good for you. It's good for the soul.
My mom has known it for years.
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