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I Hate Nature

Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Sunday

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My friend recently complained that she couldn’t go outside to write on her laptop because the squirrels had chewed through all the electrical. I felt for her, and thought of the yappy dog next door to me that barks incessantly every time I go outside to write.

Ironic that it was nature my friend and I were trying to enjoy, but it was nature that ruined the experience.

But, our understanding becomes clear when denial drops away and we allow ourselves to realize that, although we all have some idealized imaginings of what nature is, nature has a tawdry underbelly.  Therefore, I hate nature.

Before you propel eggs at me, I do love walks in the garden, or to sit in Estes Park by a stream, but that isn’t NATURE.

The nature I’m talking about is the unrestrained, mad, birds-pooing-in-your-cola kind of nature.

Did I celebrate Earth Day? Yes I did, in my heart anyway. I celebrated the fact that, with more awareness, less people will urinate in my drinking water, or dump toxic waste that eventually gets to moi. I celebrated the fact that, with more effort and time, our air quality will improve and my lungs will be glad.

But, give me the choice of going outside and hiking in 90-degree weather or being inside with climate control, guess which one I’d choose?  I’ll give you two clues: the 90-degree weather is part of the tawdry underbelly, and throughout my 51-year life I’ve thanked God, repeatedly, out loud, for air conditioning!

If you are a nature-lover, you may wish to leave an angry comment.  You are free to do so, I’m prepared. But you will probably do it while shooing away a fly, or wiping sweat from your brow, or itching at a mosquito bite.

See . . . I told you. Tawdry underbelly

For a corroborating story, read Dug’s The Bees Hate Me.

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About The Author

Denise Miller Holmes
Denise Miller Holmes enjoys teaching biblical topics, and especially researching and communicating what Christians believe about the world around them. She sometimes turns established viewpoints on end. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Journalism, Denise also has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, and has been a Christian for over 35 years. She belongs to the writers’ groups Words for the Journey and American Christian Fiction Writers.


4 Responses to “I Hate Nature”

  1. Diane Shaw says:

    I agree with you about the “tawdry underbelly” of nature, it is bound to show up but occasionally nature shows itself to be wonderful. I blogged about such a time. If you want to read about a special evening that God gave me go to and check out the entry for May 18.
    I just found your blog and I love what I am reading. I will be a follower.
    Thanks for what you are doing for the Kingdom.

  2. Diane, I am thrilled that you like the site! Thank you so much for gracious comment on this site, and also for the comment you left on I am looking forward to more dialogue between us and also at WFTJ. I checked out your site and left a comment. Nice piece!

  3. Jan says:

    LOL. Yes, but we must take the good with the bad. Which is worse 90 or 20? I’d say 20, but that’s just me. :)

  4. Jan, we all have our version of the tawdry underbelly, the dark roots, the perfumed smelly trash, etc. etc.. You know what I mean.

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