As a little girl, I had to spend years away from my parents, making my childhood not so easy. I was lonely from inside at a very tender age, but fortunately, I lived in a place from where I was able to look at some great mountain peaks every day and wonder.
The yard around my home had big almond and mango trees that welcomed me to climb them and whom I considered my best friends and confidants. There were a number of flowering shrubs I sat curled up under. Enough chipmunks, parrots, bulbuls & mynas visited daily to keep me curious.
In the lap of this natural world, I felt fearless, protected, loved and absolutely at home. Without realizing it, I had made a life-long bond with nature when I was less than ten years old.