Some of the gardens I’ve had the pleasure of visiting throughout my lifetime were scattered with fruit. This design and tile were inspired by one of my favorites.
Have a beautiful Sunday!
After having an awkward day yesterday, I went out to pick up my son. After responding to some e-mails and comments on my posts here, I looked up to see a little smiling face walking down the steps with a colorful, little, hand-crafted “basket”. I greeted my sweet child with a hug and a “How was your day at school, honey?” He replied “Hea’go, Mommy.” So I took the “basket” and saw it had a card inside made for me.
It was by far the best gift I’ve ever gotten. Inside contained a card my son had made himself (with his teacher’s help) that had his handprint on it & a stem with leaves coming from it. This gave the effect of his handprint being a flower. It said: “My love for you grows more & more each day.” When I opened it, the card said “Happy Mother’s Day!”
Attached was a note describing how his class had planted flowers for their mothers. There was also a scanned and copied photo of a packet of marigold seeds.
I reached into the “basket” to find a cup with a tiny sprout beginning to grow inside it. There was a popsicle stick stuck in the soil with a little foam flower glued to it. My little one had actually managed to keep his first secret. I knew about a month ago that the class began working on gardening activities but I had no idea it was for Mother’s Day.
Looking at him I said, “Aww, thank you sweetie!” He looked at me and pointed to the little sprout and said “A fwower!” He clapped and giggled with a sense of accomplishment and then looked back at me and said “I wub you, Mommy.” He walked over to me on his own and gave me a big squeeze.
I almost cried.
Best gift ever.
As some of you may know today is Earth Day. This is an ideal time to teach the children of our planet about all things growth and respecting the environment. If you have kids of your own, or know a group of little ones in your community, consider starting a small garden with them.
You don’t have to live a in suburban or rural area to do this. There are plenty of urban areas that have gardens as well. Don’t believe me? Do an internet search on “city gardens” and see what you turn up. You’ll thank me later. The results of planting something small with people that are still learning about the world can be tremendously rewarding.
Children, after all, are like little plants themselves; just looking to soak up some knowledge.