Happy Alone Outdoors

Personal memory by Edwina von Gal

1956Brewster, NY, USA

I can't remember being too young to go outside on my own. I spent my childhood, we all did, in the woods and fields around our house, free and unsupervised. We knew every magical place. Every different moment of the year, what to look forward to seeing again. Now, to be a child alone out of doors is considered dangerous. If children think that nature is dangerous, how will they, when the future brings difficult choices, make the right decisions, and sacrifices to protect it?

W. Eugene Smith, "A Walk to Paradise Garden" (1946)