'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot...'

For a spontaneous date night Sunday, John and I headed out to Regal Cinemas for a late showing of "The Lorax" in 3-D. Despite the fact that I am yawning Monday morning, it was well worth it to stay up late and enjoy a movie with my husband in an empty theater.

The last time I had seen "The Lorax" was in my environmental science class with Ms. Cassilly at North Harford High School. The cartoon animals weren't quite as adorable, but the message was still the same and just as timeless.

I really liked "The Lorax," as did John, who had never seen it before. I think that in a time when children are more likely to stay inside and watch TV or get online, "The Lorax" has a good message of appreciating the outdoors.

When I was growing up, believe me, I wanted to stay inside and watch TV with my sisters, but my stepmom would have none of that. We were sent outside unless we had to use the bathroom.

I think we had more fun that way. We played outside, jumped on the trampoline when we had it and explored the woods. We didn't exactly have permission for that last item on the list, but oh well, we survived.

Now my time, and my decisions on what to do with it, is my own and although I do watch TV and get online, more than what my stepmom would have allowed, I still really enjoy being outdoors.

It helps, too, that John and I live in a rural part of the county and can just sit on the back porch and read our books.

I covered the Harford County Ag Banquet Friday night, which celebrated land preservation in the area. I had never been before, but I really like that initiatives like that are being honored in the county.

Driving home with the windows down and smelling fertilizer the whole way is an easy sacrifice to be able to look out and only see rolling hills.

At the banquet, Bill Amoss, of the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning, said that to date, the county has preserved more than 45,000 acres. In the coming year, he added, there should be more than 47,000 acres preserved.

I don't have a very good sense of how much acreage there is total in Harford County, but even so, 47,000 acres seems like a good amount. I'm sure it's not an easy or inexpensive process to preserve land and I imagine that for some, the county isn't preserving as much as they want.

I'd love to see more land preserved as well, but I'm happy knowing that at least we seem to be headed in the right direction.

I like that we only have one mall and it's small compared to ones in other counties and the same goes for our two movies theaters. I think it's really neat that Harford County is relatively small, but as Amoss said, it's one of the top 10 counties in the nation for land preservation.

I think in general, we do need to care more, as Dr. Seuss implies in "The Lorax." I think we need to care more about preserving land and parks. I think we need to care more about other environmental factors, like recycling, which, by the way, has been made super easy.

You don't even have to separate plastic from paper products.

We're lucky that we don't live in the wasteland that lies outside the fictional Thneedville, but I'm not sure how far off that type of world is. As "The Lorax" ended, it displayed one of the more famous Dr. Seuss quotes.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not."

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