So, we've just put the wraps on another celebration of Earth Day.
Shame on us.
We shouldn't celebrate Mother Earth only on April 22 each year, should we? Indeed, as my son Kyle exclaimed to me last Thursday, "Every day is Earth Day!"
Well, it certainly should be.
In fact, in my daily prayers, I say a little sumthin-sumthin about how I believe in one God and how He created (through whichever process He put into motion) heaven and earth.
Then He gave it to us to care for, maintain and cherish. How we doin'?
Hmm. Gargantuan oceanic oil spills, significant ozone depletion, rain forest ruination, epidemic proportions of litter.
So, what can we do to better our stewardship of this third rock from the sun?
Well, perhaps we can take tips from the manner in which some chose to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the inaugural celebration of Earth Day.
For instance, Disney picked April 22, 2010, as the date on which to debut their new documentary film "Oceans." I have yet to see it, but from the high critical praise it's receiving, I'd set they hit their mark in sufficiently honoring the underwater Earth dwellers.
Then there's Mary Jane Tabor, a lovely gal who just happens to be my cousin - and someone who is also a proud graduate of Liberty High School, by the way. Mary Jane opted to spend Thursday recalling Earth Day 1970 with great fondness.
"I remember the first Earth Day. We walked to school instead of taking the bus and picked up trash on the way," she said.
Channeling my cuz was my pal Laura Brownlee, who is a colleague of mine at my day job.
Spunky, sweet Laura initiated our company's first overt celebration of Earth Day by organizing a half-hour, noontime trash pick up around our grounds.
It was super fun, and we actually had passersby honking and cheering our efforts as we tried, in some small way, to beautify a few streets in Alliance.
As for the Mill Creek Metro Parks in Youngs-town, the powers that be stocked Lake Glacier with 2,500 rainbow trout last Thursday. Feeding Mother Earth = good.
Speaking of the park, I chose to take a nice eight-mile run through its winding paths on Earth Day. As always, the vistas were breathtaking. I figured paying Mother Earth homage is a great way to celebrate her. Guess how she repaid me?
By affording me the rarest of glimpses. That's right, I saw an honest-to-goodness American bald eagle as I strode across the hike / bike path. He was majestic, awe-inspiring ... irritated.
Well, I mean, he was being harangued by five nasty crows. After he'd heard enough of their evil squawking, he simply lifted himself regally away.
Anyway, Mother Earth's kind gift inspired me. When I got home, I recycled everything possible and turned off all the lights in the house. Kerry and Kyle couldn't find their soda or the kitchen counter. But I digress.
I kept the theme going the next morning when I took a cooler-than-normal shower by sunlight. It actually refreshed me more than my normal scalding hot wake up call.
And it made me look around my home and think of ways I can reduce, replenish, restore and rejuvenate as much as possible, every day of the year. For starters, I'm letting my laptop battery run completely out before I recharge it; to save energy. And, I'm unplugging every appliance that is feasible when it's not in use - except for my coffee maker, which is on a timer. I think Mother Earth understands a girl's need for her java in the mornin'.
Oh, and I'm also recycling my hugs. My boys and our dog will now get 4,002 hugs apiece each day instead of just the standard 4,000. I figure the extra exertion just puts good energy out into the world. Plus, they're all just so darned cute.
Besides, I'm pretty sure one of the best ways to care Mother Earth is to be kind to the other humans occupying her.
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.