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The day I met little Goodall and the Aleutian…

I thought I knew about land. It was the scenery where once I carried out biological studies and more recently, the environment that I described through my writing. But it was until that day when I heard, “the sound of a chimpanzee’s greeting epitomizes my child dream to go to Africa”, that a flashback was inevitable. Why did I decide to engage with land as a job? Precisely, because since I was a little girl I always wanted to know about it, the ants that crawled through and the plants that would beautiful grow from it. So armed with my unprofessional microscope and a digging stick, I collected grasshoppers, rocks, leaves, flowers and everything that would fit in my tiny lens just to be amazed by the structures that were not evident for the normal eye. Somehow the years took charge to dilute this vision, until that African dream statement. To be able to remember the land, the cloud forest and the near dormant volcano that inspired me to choose biology conservation as a career and later on environmental communication, was just overwhelming. Land taught me about curiosity and now about connection. “The mind can lie, but the heart never lies”, once I heard from an Aleutian. Now land is my inner child, the voice and wisdom of my ancestors, my hope for human kind, my consciousness. By the way, if you are wondering who little Goodall and the Aleutian are, well, I´m referring to Jane Goodall and Illion Marculieff.


Rebecca Snavely's picture

Land as inner child

What a beautiful image, to see a little girl, curious and examining the small details of the world around her. I love that you recognize land as alive, as your inner child and voice of wisdom.

Thank you for sharing, I look forward to reading more about your experiences.


JaniceW's picture


I too had a microscope when I was little and in fact, still have it to this day. It opened up a whole new world for me and I marvelled at the beauty in the minute. Thank you for bringing back those memories for me and sharing your first glimpses of the land around you. I look forward to reading more from you.

Maria Howe's picture

No love lost...

It's wonderful that your connection to the land has continued from your experiences as a child. I think many people lose that childhood sense of curiosity and love for what the earth offers to us. What a journey you have had! Thank you for sharing your story.


valmar_75's picture

Something we don't have to loose...

Thank you so much for your comments... after all I was trying to bring out something as adults we forget, the fact that much of who we are now was influenced by our childhood...

It's something hard to keep in mind, but when people around you remind you of this memories, is just amazing, right?

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