Nature and Healing

Study for paintings of trees reflecting off a stream near the stables at Glendorn (Bradford, PA); from Perry photographs on June 19, 2012

Thanks to Marion, a friend, for letting me share this story about the healing power of nature.

In the last year of her life, Marion’s mother came to live with Marion’s family. After Marion opened the window in her mother’s bedroom, Helen remarked, “Listen, Marion! Listen to all those katydids and crickets! I haven’t heard so many since you kids were growing up in Lucerne Mines (PA)”. 

Living alone in town, Helen had learned to keep her windows closed to keep out the constant street noise. “The sound of katydids and crickets reminds me of when I was raising you kids…it was the happiest time of my life.”

Marion asked, “Do you want to sit outside and listen to the katydids and crickets, Mom?” Helen replied, “O, Yes!”

[Helen had come to live with Marion following surgery for colon cancer.]

About tobeamazed

My name is Jacqueline Perry. I am an artist and a pastor serving a congregation in the Midwest. In addition to my usual duties I lead art workshops as a way to explore lives of faith. Before I was ordained, I received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University. I have been an art teacher and exhibited work over the years. Living on the Great Plains has awakened my love for nature. I am amazed by nature, art and people.
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2 Responses to Nature and Healing

  1. Regan says:

    It’s amazing to me how no matter where we are in the current moment, the senses and memories can create joy in an instant. It’s not just nostalgia, or just remembering would create the same level of joy. It is the blend of remembering and experiencing at the same time. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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