According to Webster's Dictionary, one of the definitions of the word celebrate is to honor or praise publicly, to mark a happy occasion by engaging in some pleasurable activity.
Today is Earth Day and this is how we celebrate.
We start very early by greeting the sun.
We appreciate our yard.
Our bird friends help us with our gardening. They planted these violets near the fence. We are not allowed to dig or eat the violets because they're our Mom's favorite flowers.
The birds planted this little flower, too. They even planted some wild strawberries that we like to eat. They aren't here yet, but later this summer we'll have a treat when we play outside.
We help by watering the trees. Mom says they like nitrogen to help them make strong green leaves. If we water the leaves, they turn brown, must be too much nitrogen.
Our Mom would like to have lots of flowers, like these at the nursery, but sometimes we forget and run over them.
Mom likes to just look at flowers, but if you can't eat them, what good are they?
We show our appreciation for the Earth by digging in it. Bailey started this hole a few weeks ago, but it isn't done yet. Noah tries to help her whenever he can.
Bailey always has to check his work to see if he's doing a good job. Last weekend she hid Sky's ball in the hole and he couldn't find it. She had covered it with dirt. Mom found it and washed it off for him.
Noah's work passed inspection and he's back on the job. Mom says maybe she'll plant a tree or bush in the hole when it's finished. Then we boys can water it for her.
We celebrate the Earth by enjoying a good roll in the grass. It feels so good and then afterwards we smell nice and earthy, the way a dog should smell.
Sometimes Mom gives us a bath after we roll, especially if we find something special to roll on, like a dead lizard or some grubs. She just doesn't appreciate real dog perfume.
We help the Earth by mulching sticks. The little pieces help the grass and plants hold more water when it rains.
We enjoy doing our part to help the environment.
Norma Jean celebrates by enjoying the warmth of the sun. People like to sunbathe and so do dogs. Some inside dogs follow the sun from room to room, but we like to sit in our yard and turn our faces to the sun.
Mom calls Tsar her Zen dog because he likes to sit on the hill all by himself and watch the trees. If it's not too hot he likes to sunbathe, too.
Mom found a poem she likes and we'll share it with you today for Earth Day. It was written by a Buddhist teacher named Thich Nhat Hahn.
Kiss The Earth
by Thich Nhat Hahn
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Bring the Earth your love and happiness.
The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves.