Some time ago I was contacted by Lee Tracy who asked me if I were interested in taking part in the World Rivers Project. I was immediately interested in the project, and had in fact heard and seen pictures of it before. I had seen a beautiful river quite close to our house and decided right away that I had to include that river in the project. It is a very small river and not many people know about it, but it’s very beautiful and so are the wheat, oat and rye fields around it as well. A friend of mine knew a good place for taking photos, a beautiful rapid that is not too dangerous at this time of the year. So we took our little helpers with us today and drove out there to take some photos.
The idea in the World Rivers Project is to dip a white cloth in the river and include that cloth in a huge wall of other cloths dipped in various rivers in the world. The cloth that I decided to use is a thin gauze used for various purposes when taking care of babies. My son and his friend who were there to dip the cloth into the river for me have had their mouths dried with similar cloths, and people also use them as mosquito nets and sun curtains in the prams of babies. Some babies like to hold them when they sleep. I guess you can call gauzes like that the ‘all-purpose’ tool of baby care. I had one left in my closet and I thought it would be perfect for this purpose. Especially since the boys who were with me had just started first grade this week and it seemed like all of a sudden they had changed from little boys to little school boys. At the same time when I was taking part of this world wide project I could also do my own little ceremony which would hopefully help me see my son as a young boy rather than a small baby.
The issues around water are very familiar to me. We have plenty of it in Finland but when I was in India I heard people say that soon they will have to fight over it. Does the water that starts flowing in the state of Maharashtra belong to the state of Maharashtra or the state of Goa where it ends up flowing? The Indian state park guides told us that we who have plenty of water are rich and the water we have is more valuable than gold. We Finns are used to thinking that trees are our green gold, but we never knew how valuable water can be. Spending some time in India made us all ashamed of the way in which we shamelessly let the water run down the drains for too long or for no purpose. Seeing our beloved Baltic Sea get polluted to the state it is in now, makes this all seem more real, reminds us of the value of clean water, brings the catastrophes of the world to our door step.
Thank you Lee for letting me know of this great project, it is a great pleasure to do this and while doing it we also had a chance to spend a wonderful day by the river Mustijoki. Here‘s the official post and here’s Lee‘s site. I hope you will take time to look into her work as well.