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by Dee Walmsley
Where are they?
Summer brought forth the city folks who opened their seaside hide-a-ways. Dad left his family making sandcastles while he drove back to the city until Friday when he returned with groceries and treats.
As the sun set bonfires lit the shores while the sweet smells of roasting corn, potatoes, and wieners mixed with the salt air. It was not uncommon to see a large pot of boiling water cooking freshly caught crabs or buying them at local stands for a buck a piece.
were no ghetto blasters, drugs, violence, or trashing of property. Back then, we respected our friends and neighbours, our most daring activity…
lived in a less noisy and busy world, where most folks knew and often
looked out for each other. No one locked their doors and kids were always
home at mealtime. Fast food restaurants were non-existent once you got
away from the beach.
was a singing forest filled with wildlife and birds. Red foxes, coyotes,
deer, raccoons, weasels, salamanders, opossum, squirrels, ducks, geese,
hawks, eagles and owls all co-existed as nature
intended. Predator and prey balanced the eco-system.
humans seeking solitude and a more natural lifestyle began encroaching on
the forest. Soon roads replaced the deer trails. Mature trees home too
much of the wildlings became lumber, then human habitat. Word spread
bringing more humans and more habitat destruction. Some animals seeking
shelter, considered pests by their new neighbours, were exterminated.
Others moved deeper into their remaining territory. Over the years,
arterial roads wove in and out of the forest sucking the life from its
there are few animals and even fewer trees. Massive million dollar houses
blur the landscape. Greedy developers scour the neighbourhood determined
to clear-cut every tree. City folk who moved here to get away from it all
are now cutting or topping two hundred year old trees for a better view.
soon, hopefully before the last tree falls,
developers will move on to rape another forest.
soon, there will not be any land left in our community to ravage.
soon, our managers will have to pass laws to stop this warfare. Humans
will have to wait for a vacancy before moving in if they want to preserve
any of the reasons they moved here in the first place. It is coming…why
wait any longer.
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