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Let’s not objectify children….

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I am not one to say “I love kids,” because saying that implies that children are like marigolds, always yellow, blooming. Give them water and sunlight and they are sure to delight you with their beauty. 


Children have needs that are varied, diverse and can be unpredictable. They are not marigolds. They are individuals and can be complex and challenging. They can be angry, aggressive and determined, soft, considerate and generous. So, I don’t love children but I love the way that children express their diversity and humanity. 


I have found our collective reaction to Greta Thunberg at times to be objectifying and patronizing. Of course she is adorable! There is no denying it and there is no question that Greta has our attention. But are we really hearing her? Are we grasping her message?

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You will recall that when she addressed the UN and asked “How dare you?” She was outraged and she has good reason to be! Our mistakes, shortsightedness, complacency and greed have compelled her to advocate on everyone’s behalf and as a result, we are kind of amused by it. Valerie Plante, the mayor of Montreal, even expressed this amusement and delight in a radio interview last week, “It’s wonderful” she said. It is wonderful but Greta’s message is also disturbing. We should be ashamed of ourselves and our global climate situation. And we should be in awe that this message is being delivered to so many by someone who otherwise would be ignored due to their age and / or gender.


I am inspired by the intelligence, grit and capacity of a teenager who has reminded us of the consequence, vitality and necessity of young people, of their efficacy, depth and leadership. Not in a patronizing, objectifying way or a source of entertainment, but as a bringer of truth, as a source of wisdom and I would go so far as to say, a modern day prophet. She serves as a voice of reason in a sea of despair. 


Let us not minimize Greta’s message or the message of children. Let us hear them, consider them and respond accordingly. Children are not marigolds and they are certainly not here for beauty or entertainment. Let’s love and listen and respond with the respect, attention, authority and dignity that they deserve. 

We want to know, what will you do to change? How has Greta’s message and determination inspired you to take action and responsibility? 


Why you should go apple picking - and why it matters - especially for the kids!

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Sometimes we have wondered what it is with the apple picking sensation? Actually, to be honest, it is I, Bunny who has wondered. It is, in fact, one of Dragon’s absolutely favourite things to do!

I will confess that I have asked myself, why do we all go every year in throngs? Why do hoards of children ride in a school bus to make their way to apple orchards despite the cliché and redundancy? Where is the value in this activity? (I am cringing right now by the way…)

We are here to share our opinion! I have certainly upgraded mine.

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Our book The Butterfly Trap won a green books / Environmental honorable mention because it encourages self reflection and awareness of nature. This topic, as you may imagine, is dear to our hearts.

Because here’s the thing…

We are in desperate need for connection to the earth, to her bounty and to nature! She is our connection to our source and to our very essence! 

It is obvious that we devote far more time to technology than trees, so for the love of all things good and true, this is precisely why we need to get out and pick an apple, get muddy, observe the changes of the season, notice bugs, flowers and birds. These are some of the best and most magical part of who we are.

Kids are getting further away from knowing the natural world than ever before. It is our duty to at least let them fill a bag with apples that they actually picked, as a vital reminder of the beauty and importance of creation, and as the very source of food and our sustenance and survival.

This is why apple picking matters!

Let us know if you agree….

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Love,

Dragon + Bunny.