Robin Kerns | Thursday, November 19, 2015
Not taking a tree or leaf for granted. Studying a single leaf. Examining a tree stump.
Touching. Measuring. Discussing. Recording. Discussing further.
Perhaps the aforementioned activities sound trivial, meaninglessly time consuming, and perhaps irrelevant to life as a whole.
They are definitely not.
Trees, even a singular tree. Leaves, even a singular leaf. I will never view these the same again. What is in store for me next? Incredible that my time in Emmerich will remain so forever significant! Incredible that it has changed my life!
William is a master teacher, possessing the desire to patiently enlighten all.
William is a good man, opening his home to our group for for lunch and reprieve, for example, during a day of work in heavy rain. He cared about each volunteer. He cared about individual needs, including my dietary restrictions.
William is a global citizen, caring about the world with vigor and passion, knowledgable on so many levels, in so many areas.
William is a true world's scientist, seeing all existence as so deeply relevant. Awestricken, I saw a person for whom the data base of vast scientific knowledge appears endless. As I watched William take time to examine and study countless singular leaves and numerous tree stumps, I saw it as commentary: Every bit of nature matters. He possesses grand scientific knowledge. Yet a small, nearly weightless leaf is greatly significant. A true world's scientist.
Thank you, Earthwatch staff in Boston, for the professionalism and time.
Thank you, Stadt Emmerrich Hotel for being amazingly accommodating, down to my relationship with the wonderful chef.
Thank you Magda, university graduate level intern and great young scientist in her own right, with us every step of the way.
Thank you Claudio, graduate level assistant, for your wisdom and kindness.
Thank you, teammates--Gil, Pat and Junto. You are amazing and fabulous people. You helped make this experience exactly what it became...great.
Thank you, William. The significance of your conveyances will never be forgotten.