This past weekend, on a particular hot sunny Chicago day, our family thought it would be an adventure to visit Chicago’s Morton Arboretum to see the Troll Hunt Exhibit…with our 9 year old daughter. Did I mention it was very hot, very sunny, AND that the trolls in some places are 3/4 of a mile from parking areas? It was really fun for the first half hour, let me tell you.
But although nature became a bit of a bore to our darling daughter, the Arboretum is a marvel to me. It is nothing like a Botanic Garden, it is more like an organized forest for one. Another shocking revaluation? There are weeds, lots of them, which I found mind blowing but very refreshing.
The Arboretum was founded in 1922 buy the son of the man who founded Arbor Day. It spans a tremendous 1,700 acres holding more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world. What is so wonderful is that it made me feel so small, so unimportant, yet so at peace.
The Trolls, although fantastic, were such a secondary draw to all of the different species, elegant groves, and meandering walkways. One thing I did appreciate about the Trolls is they were fashioned to completely meld into nature…as if they lived there in harmony in what felt like the most peaceful place on Earth.
During these times when tensions always seem to run high and meaningful personal interaction is on the decline, I encourage you. Take your family, take a friend, go with a neighbor. Walk around and take in the splendor. Talk to one another. It’s good for your soul.
-Donna Vignocchi Zych