In these first few weeks of school, I’ve been doing my work sitting outside with my laptop. The cross between technology and nature may seem odd, but during the COVID-19 pandemic I’ve learned to value any time outside in the natural beauty that Wilton offers all of us. I check my email for new assignments while listening to birds chirping and squirrels running around. I join Zooms where my background is filled with sunshine and still-green trees. I look out, past my screen, and I observe the trees, big and small, the brown leaves left over from last winter, and the rocks covered in decades of moss. While doing so, I think to myself about how lucky I am to live in a place like this, and I reaffirm my dedication to spending as much time experiencing Wilton’s nature as possible.
Living in Wilton, we have some of the most beautiful and accessible forests, parks, and general wildlife in the country. Instead of stepping out of your home and hearing the sounds of construction crews and traffic jams, we get to listen to birds singing and wind rustling through the trees. We get to look out of our windows and see all of the vibrant green colors that fill our town. We’re able to experience nature firsthand every single day just by living in Wilton. We are incredibly fortunate to live here and have these opportunities but sometimes it can be easy to forget about what exists outside.