Without a name, an unseen face
and knowing not your time nor place
Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn,
I met you first last Tuesday morn.
A wise friend introduced us two,
and through his sobering point of view
I saw a day that you would see,
a day for you, but not for me.
Knowing you has changed my thinking,
for I never had an inkling
That perhaps the things I do
might someday, somehow, threaten you.
Tomorrow’s Child, my daughter-son
I’m afraid I’ve just begun
To think of you and of your good,
Though always having known I should.
Begin I will to weigh the cost
of what I squander, what is lost
If ever I forget that you
will someday come to live here too.
This poem speaks directly to my very soul. I’m often asked what sparked my interest in green living and part of my answer is that I was involved in a Web of Creation workshop at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead which led me to start a Creation Care team at my own church, Our Savior’s Lutheran, also in Moorhead. Although this workshop was my introduction into the world of green (or Creation Care, as we say at church), what really fed my passion was becoming a mom a few months later.
My first son, Miles Oscar, came along and really did change my thinking – suddenly, I was aware of the responsibility I had to his future. My desire to leave behind a better world came sharply into focus.
I don’t think I can explain it better than Mr. Thomas, so I’m happy just to read his words again and say: “yeah – what he said!”
To simple, green living,
“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi
Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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