Bobbie A., a boy who came yesterday for two weeks — during his vacation — is about 15 with all the seriousness of 15: but serious about lizards, snakes, salamanders, birds, butterflies, all living, creeping, and flying things. We were out in the woods a little on my day of recollection and talking to him about these things was as good as praying.

Thomas Merton, When the Trees Say Nothing by Kathleen Deignan