Friday, June 10, 2011

The Wisdom of a Child

Yesterday, on the way home from dropping the boy off at baseball camp, the girl chimes out from the back seat, "You know....(insert condescending tone) if your garden were a real garden, it would have flowers. I'm just sayin'." She then listed the colors of flowers she'd put in if she had a flower garden. We had time and I had space, so we promptly turned around and went to the local nursery and bought yon youngin' some flowers for her own garden. She planted them all where she wanted them - putting the shade flowers where there was more shade and the sun flowers where there was a lot of sun. She dug her holes and filled them in and watered the plants, talking and singing to them all the while. Here she is by some of them.
And here are four she picked out for the sun bed.

There's no rhyme or reason to the flowers she chose or the pattern of planting, but she's pretty proud of herself. She's turned into such a big help in the garden and loves to harvest and look for bugs and bug eggs. She's small enough so that she can see under the leaves without stooping and it's like a treasure hunt for her. Yesterday she yelled, "Spiders! Spiders!" I was tempted not even to look since spiders are a good thing, but she was persistent.

Nope, not spiders...squash bug nymphs! So, to the chorus of "Get 'em! Get 'em!" off into the cup of soapy water they went.

Today while we were in the garden, she disappeared for a few minutes and came back with a shirt full of beans. She did a pretty good job for the most part in only picking the big beans. I guess I know what we're having for dinner tonight!

Lastly, earlier this week I posted that Keychains for a Cause was asked to make some lanyards for an administrator conference. The ladies were kind enough to snap and send me this picture of the lanyards in action!

I'm so glad they worked out for them. What a great way to show team solidarity!

The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.


  1. Now you have to tell her that if she wants to be a REAL gardener, she has to clean her room and eat the vegetables, not just plant flowers, LOL! The girl is too cute!

  2. Hey something besides summer squash. That must make you happy too. I'm with your daughter. You have to have flowers. Maybe not whole bed of them. Maybe interspersed in with the veggies and herbs. But a garden needs flowers.

  3. What an adorable little helper she is! I agree with her wholeheartedly on the necessity of flowers.

  4. She's such a cutie standing in front of her new flowers. Tell the kids "Mr. EG" misses them....

  5. This post made me both LOL and smile. You know she is right every garden needs flowers. So I will need to go buy some this weekend and fill in my empty squares :-)

  6. Oh, what fun...a gardening companion! I'm with the girl, every garden need some pretty.

  7. A singing gardener! There must be a future in that. The flowers certainly add color to an already beautiful garden.

  8. if your garden were a real garden, it would have flowers. I'm just sayin'." That sounds like something my daughter would say. Kids are so honest.