The age of the children was only four.

A group of them came running and laughing out the door.

They jumped and skipped upon the ground

And checked out everything around.

They stopped to look at all the trees

And dodged and darted away from bees.

They looked up at different birds on high

And labeled cloud formations in the sky.

They inspected all flowers, especially daffodils.

Their beauty and fragrance gave them thrills.

They made it a point to step around

Any ant houses they encountered on the ground.

Some senior citizens watched the children with glee

As they were certainly able to see

That these children surely saw the worth

Of living on this planet that we call earth.

* The month of April was founded as Earth Month on April 4, 1970, by Brad Follett, a Fredonia, N.Y. high school student. Earth Day is on April 22, a special day to respect and protect our earth.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...