Once you start, you won't stop growing
Guest post by Paul Dickson
You would think that the first mouthful of dirt would be enough to determine that it tastes rank, alas the curious mind of our toddler wanted to make sure he wasn’t missing out on something tasty, so in went another handful.
As it had been raining only a few hours before, there was quite a bit happening in our little garden bed. Not only were the worms heading up out of the ground to avoid drowning, the birds were on standby to swoop down and pick off the worms. I told Taylor that the birds were going to eat the worms and he got pretty upset. So, he ran over to the greenhouse, got a bucket and bought it back to the garden bed. He then proceeded to find what worms he could and kept them safe under the bucket. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that they would probably escape and then get eaten.
This little example is the reason why I’m a big fan of children gardening. Yes, they can grow some vegetables and understand the life cycle of plants, but there is so much more to be learned from spending time in an outdoor living space. Right there, Taylor had compassion and sense of urgency to rescue the poor little worms and he’s only two years old, I know adults with less compassion, in fact, there is one running the U.S right now. His mind came up with a solution to a problem in a pretty creative way. He didn’t want to have a discussion about the possible solutions, our little man just got on with putting actions in place. And he now had a story which he would no doubt tell mum when she got home from work.
About the author
Paul Dickson 'The Dad'
As well as launching a kids charity and becoming a husband, I’ve also become a dad since moving to NZ. We’re growing our own little kiwi who loves spending time in the great outdoors, which is an essential part of life in this part of the world. To capture the fun, trials and learnings of being a dad, I started the Dad’s Patch blog.
- Sarah Cooper