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Things My Mother Taught Me

2013 May 9

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By Lina Younes

As I look back at my relationship with my Mom over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve become an environmentalist largely due to the values that she instilled in me as a child. The love of nature, the interest in protecting wildlife, especially birds, the appreciation for flowering plants are some of the things that my mother taught me, not only in words, but through her actions. Lina's-Robin#

As far as I can remember, we always had flowering plants in the garden and indoor house plants as well. For many years, my mother had birdfeeders in our back yard. Given the fact that we lived in Puerto Rico where we enjoy summer-like weather all year round, our home definitely felt like a tropical oasis.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier blog posts, my parents, both my grandmothers, and even great grandmother, were fortunate to have a green thumb. It seemed that anything they planted bloomed easily and flourished. I’ve tried to replicate their gardening skills at home as best as possible. I like to joke that our family’s green thumb seems to have skipped a generation in my case.

Nonetheless, I still try to create a welcoming natural environment around my home and a green environment indoors as well.

Lina's-Maple#So as we get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day,  I would like to thank my Mother for what she has taught me. I hope that I will transmit those teachings to my children so they will also appreciate nature and protect the environment. This Mother’s Day, as we have done during similar celebrations, we’ll probably go to Brookside Gardens. I promise I’ll take pictures.

Do you have any special plans for Mother’s Day? We would love to hear from you.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Marguerite Sykes permalink
    May 9, 2013

    What a lovely tribute to your mom–and grandmother, and mothers ad infinitum.
    I hope I’ve instilled a similar love to my children and grandchildren. Although my son was most reluctant to march through the arboretum almost weekly, he now is a homeowner in a different climate and has incorporated native species into his garden. It’s hard to know what’s getting through to kids.

    thanks for your column

  2. Lina-EPA permalink
    May 9, 2013

    Thanks, Marguerite

    Yes, actions speak louder than words. I believe our children are getting the message. Happy Mother’s Day.


  3. Phil Bacon permalink
    May 9, 2013

    Beautiful Story. God Bless Our Mom’s And God Bless Mother Nature!

  4. Lina-EPA permalink
    May 9, 2013

    I concur, Phil
    Thanks for your comments.

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