We did it! The garden is planted. I had no expectations for the whole experience, I just wanted the kids to be a part of our little family garden. I turned my back for two minutes and somehow the kids thought it would be fun to pull some of the plants out so they could catch rolly pollies with the plastic containers. There I was trying to figure out the difference between a jalapeno, tomato and bell pepper. My intitial reaction was to get frustrated, and that I did, but it lasted only about 20 seconds. The thought that they really could care less about gardening and more about catching bugs was amusing to me. So I let them dig. They dug all afternoon and it was the most peaceful afternoon we've ever had.
catching rolly pollies
The kids are all home from spring break and I felt a little guilty that we had no trips planned for them. I realized yesterday that all my kids really want is to just be kids. The dirt, bugs, missed naps, and Popsicles is the best break ever in their minds. Even now, they are outside collecting more bugs for their little bug colony. No fighting or fussing, just good old fashioned fun.
Our culture is over stimulating our children and creating little people who get bored easily and require instant gratification. We as mothers have the opportunity to go against main stream and fight for our kid's minds and hearts. Put the games away, turn the tv off and let them get dirty. It's more work on out part I know, but it will help protect and preserve their little hearts.
OK! here are some sneak pics of some things that will be at the show next week...
old bench with lots of character.
Faux flowers with dirt in moss pot and glass tops (4 sizes)
Sweet, handmade paper banners by women in Africa. Great for everyday fun!