Me and Papa and Aldo Leopold

Illustration by Becca Stadtlander

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Me and Papa and Aldo Leopold

by Anna Zeide
Southern Cultures, Vol. 27, No. 1: Human/Nature

“My dad had lived his life in such a way that he stuck out in nearly all settings, except in the forest.”

When I was ten, for my father’s fifty-seventh birthday, I made him an acrostic poem card. After the “B” for “Brave” and the “R” for “Really Wonderful” in his first name BORIS was the “E” for “Expert on Aldo Leopold” in our last name ZEIDE. Aldo Leopold, as in the renowned author of A Sand County Almanac (1949), considered to be the father of environmental ethics and wilderness conservation in the United States.