2011/09/04

Steve Irwin

DaGoddess @ 00:01

Just the other night, I was having a discussion with a friend from out of town and we both somehow got on the subject of Steve Irwin, how he made wildlife education exciting, how he inspired our kids to take an interest in something more than video games and cartoons.

Funny that both my friend and I had little boys who loved to dress in khaki and yell, “crikey!” Or maybe we’re like a lot of other mothers of boys who looked up to the man who believed the natural world was an intriguing place.

Both of my kids took the role of wildlife warriors very seriously. They were and are animal lovers, and back in the day they really loved anything that had to do with — especially — reptiles. We often played zookeepers to our friend’s turtles, tortoises, lizards, and snakes while he was deployed and the kids charted hatchings, growth, etc. It was a wonderful thing to see their curiosity bloom with each development.

The world is far richer for having had the likes of Steve Irwin in it. And I, for one, still miss him.

Steve Irwin at Uluru

4 Comments

  1. The natural world is an amazing place, one far too many of our “modern” kids are so isolated and insulated from they nolonger have anything to marvel at and so pursue intellectual stimulus in dead-end pursuits.

    I am thankful that I had a mother and a grandfather who encouraged curiosity and provoked me to explore. I find it very sad that no one today encourages this among a wider group of kids.

    Comment by The Gray Monk — 2011/09/04 @ 04:39

  2. Me too! Not only did he make a great role model for my kids ,but he brought a lot of wonderful people together in lifelong friendship.

    Comment by karen — 2011/09/05 @ 19:14

  3. I recently started watching Whale Wars. It’s kind of addicting to them see them going up against these huge Japanese whaling vessels. Anyway, one of the Sea Shepherd’s vessels is The Steve Irwin. I thought that was kind of cool.

    Comment by tina — 2011/09/05 @ 20:04

  4. Karen will attest to this, but if not for Steve Irwin, this blog…my online presence…would be non-existent. And my pool of friends would be so very small.

    God gave us a treasure in Steve Irwin, in nature, and in one another. I’m very grateful!

    Love you, Karen! You’ve been there with me from the beginning.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2011/09/06 @ 00:00

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