Monday, November 02, 2009

Treemendous

100 saplings. That was the mission for our local nature park. They put out the call and we knew we wanted to be a part of it. We assumed that if we signed up early, we would be guaranteed a spot to plant at least one tree, perhaps a few more if there were no shows.

We never expected to plant all 100. Yes, we were the only volunteers who showed up. There was a call for a little rain in the forecast, you know the 30% usual, drizzly here and there. But that was enough to scare everyone else back indoors. It broke my heart but raised my spirits to get dirty and start working.



I called on the neighbor girls and aside from the organizers that was it. There is nothing like the power of pre-teen girls and one wild little boy to get a job done!




In short, they rocked it. Digging holes, setting the saplings just right, and covering them with tubes so the local deer won't devour them before they have a chance to grow big and strong. Sure it drizzled. Sure we got filthy. Sure it was hard work. But we giggled and collected spiders and threw pine cones and picked brightly colored leaves and before we knew it, 100 knew saplings were feeling the warm embrace of the earth.



One of the girls said, "It's amazing to think that I can bring my kids here and these trees will still be here and I can tell them I planted them."

  I can't think of a better way to spend a rainy day.

10 comments:

Behan said...

What a wonderful thing to do... I love the girl's observation.

Having come from the Pacific Northwest it is hard to imagine a little grey drizzle keeping people away from, well, anything! Bah. Maybe that was a gift for you, and the experience you were able share with these children as a result?

It's almost making me miss our wet woods, but I think I'll stick with our waterfront Sonora desert view for now. ;-)

Amanda said...

Awesome!

Witchy Mom's Homeschool said...

That sounds really wonderful! It is definately a shame more people didn't get involved, but I agree that maybe it was a gift for you!

What were the tubes made out of? I'm thinking of planting some trees myself and wondering about ways to protect them. :)

Michele said...

You go girl!! Farmer Larry would be proud!!

Simple Mama said...

what a wonderful thing you did! Thank you for planting new trees for so many future generations to enjoy!

TheSingingBird said...

Please tell your son and the girls "thank you" for doing this. If you have a chance to find this DVD at your library, I think they'd love this story:

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Planted-Trees/dp/B0006HDBU8/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1227292037&sr=8-2

I am so moved every time I watch it.

6p010536fefcba970b said...

love it- mama earth says thank to Zach and the girls!

gardenmama said...

I love how you spent your day! : )
What wonderful kids working together, and beautiful words spoken by one of the girls! Certainly a great way to spend a rainy day!

Linda said...

This post is just amazing, wow, how lovely to be involved in such a fantastic project:)

Diane, Evan and Maia said...

Nicely done:) We always love planting trees.

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