Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty
"When the blackbird came, I could breathe a sigh of relief. It meant the day had started like every other. There was a symmetry. Clockwork. And each morning I'd listen and touch the shadows, not wanting to open the curtains and wake everyone up. I never ever wanted to destroy that moment." - Dara McAnulty
"I'm Dara, a boy, an acorn," the book opens. Diary of a Young Naturalist, authored by Dara McAnulty, was a special read for me, because it's set in the very place in which I grew up. When I saw this book, and heard about Dara and his adventures, I was eager to learn more about him. I was inspired.
Side note: Dara is the Irish for "oak" and when I first received and opened this book, I was standing beside the oak tree outside my heritage apartment building, which is located on Oak Street in Vancouver. Something fun to share with you before I dive into this wonderful story.
I’ve read Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis, and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, and come away from those books with a refreshed lease for life, and a desire to get out in nature and go hiking. I’ve frequented stores like MEC, The North Face, and Patagonia, where I’ve packed my imaginary rucksack and envisioned myself hiking the Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail.
|Dara and Rosie, courtesy of his Instagram|
|courtesy of his Instagram|
|Mourne Mountains by Rory McKeever, Unsplash|
To conclude, this is a fantastic book. One that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. Whether you like the outdoors or not, I guarantee that Dara will borrow your heart while you read this lovely book. It’s filled with wisdom, great stories, and most of all, it’s down to earth and has a no frills approach. It’s exactly what I needed after what I’ve been reading lately, the gravitational pull back down to the dirt, where I could ground myself once again and feel the earth on the soles of my feet.
|Courtesy of Dara's Twitter|