Imagination and the limitless ability to explore the world is displayed in “Child in the Woods” by Barry Lopez. I only read a short excerpt from his book, but I can tell that what he writes is reflexive of his life and his will. He wants children to be exposed to memorable and inspirational events at a young age. He believes that kids will grow healthily and develop a strong mind.
As a child, Barry Lopez lived in the suburbs of America. When he was younger, he met an old women who had given him a meaningful look and said that only through the eyes of a child, they can see things that adults can’t usually see. Barry was looking at the refraction of light from a wind chime and the old woman saw his amazement and interest and said this. This quote had stuck with him ever since. I think that we all have phrases or quotes that we keep and treasure that had been said by adults. When the old woman said this, it made him even more fired up for noticing the small things and become more exploratory.
When Barry grew up, he moved into a cabin in the midst of a rain forest in Oregon. He loved being surrounded by nature and it made him feel more alive than being in a city. He learned a lot about biology of the animals and plants there. When his grandchildren visited him, he tried to show the secret of nature and exposes to them the beauty of the world. He is a living role model or discovery, imagination, and wisdom
Here’s a song that really shows Barry Lopez’s love for nature. It’s called, “The Wind Forest,” by Joe Hisaishi.
Here are the music sheets if you wanna learn how to play this: