There is a sudden reclamation. A new government has taken over. It has lofty ambitions in store. There are plans underway to birth a megacity. The housing problem bedeviling the people will soon be a problem of the past. There’ll be a plethora of government-financed houses mortgaged at affordable prices. The transportation system will wear a new look to ease the rippling traffic congestion. The people anticipate a wind of change. They are willing to embrace an era of newness.

It’s a sunny day. The bulldozers are at their best to welcome a new project.

“Oh, dad. Look! The trees are coming down.”
“Yes, son. I can see them.”
“Oh, dad. Do they have to decimate nature?”
“Son, the government has the say. We have been longing for a change. So let’s embrace it.”
“Dad, change can come without chaos. We’re infuriating the elements of nature. We’re stepping on her toes and the consequences will be dire.”
“Caleb, here you go again.”

“Dad, you don’t have an idea of what awaits us when nature loses her ground. It’s a door to the untold. We’ll be standing at the edge of the cliff.”
“So what do you suggest the government do?”
“I suggest that it strikes a balance. Thinning and supplying. As trees are going down in some areas let trees go up in some designated areas.”

Caleb enlightened his father more on the benefits of being in harmony with nature. He wondered where his son had acquired the reservoir of knowledge. They became nature drivers.

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Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
1 month ago

Well done, Thompson! I loved your story as it gave hope that there will be more people like Caleb who will fight peacefully to preserve our treasured earth!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

Just like Caleb’s father, I wonder where Caleb has acquired his “reservoir of knowledge.” I also wonder how old he is and how he gained his advanced vocabulary and advanced use of metaphors. If we had more children like him, the earth would indeed have a bright future.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Thompson, I love how you paint such a lovely picture of progress , but then undermine it by reality. Strange how the child educates his parent. I loved your words, “ We’re stepping on her toes and the consequences will be dire.”

1 month ago

If only we listen to what our young are saying instead of dismissing them out of hand. Well done Thompson.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

I wish there were more children like Caleb. Like his father, his reservoir of knowledge makes me wonder. Well done, Thompson.

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