Green. There’s nothing quite like it in my mind. Blue is nice, and so is red, but green to me is the epitamy of beautiful. The other day I got to cruise down a hilly pass on my way to a meeting, and as I drove through those windy roads I had no choice but to stop and admire the beauty locked into place by the earth around me. The vibrant green emitted by the trees speaks to my soul. The colour tells of an ancient time when man relied heavily on the natural environment to provide him with the most basic of needs. It tells of a time when the environment was his lifeblood. Now that we’ve created our own human environment that can provide for those needs, the majority of us have little to no interaction with our once highly valued natural environment. Yet green is still a large part of our lives because it creates beauty in this urban landscape we’ve forged for ourselves. Green reminds us of a time when we surrounded ourselves with life in abundance. A time when one would wake up to the chirping of birds in the morning, when one could walk out into the woods and hear the patter of animal feet rustling through the trees, of nights when one would lay awake examining the stars with the cry of the night wolf echoing in the background. This was our reality for a long time, and to maintain some semblance of connection to the earth many of us choose to create our own life patch. Some tend to grass, their own little patch of green. For others, gardening can provide that connection through the nurturing of flowers and saplings. Some chose to plant trees in the woods, and others chose to plant trees in the park. We all share something in common. We take pleasure from seeing life flourish, and to see that life perish creates melancholy. That’s how important green is to our society. It is life, and it has real value. To me though there’s nothing quite as special as returning to the root of our history, the open earth. It is my home, and I can’t wait to return to her upon my death in the form of mineral enriched dirt; ready to create my own little patch of flourishing green.

Kevan