Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Growing Children Growing Garden

If there is an education system I could start with for our future generation, it would revolve around dirty soil, tiny seeds, a spade and a watering can. It would be called gardening, where Nature is their teacher; Nurture is their culture; their motto is respect for all God’s creatures; their achievement is measured by nature’s preservation for the future.

Responsible, Sensible Beings

"You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed”
~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery, “Little Prince

Like their parents, they would undertake necessary timely measures and gestures to meet their underlings’ requirements to survive and grow healthy and happy. Unlike parenting however, pampering is a big NO for their underlings because too much of water, sunlight and fertilizers could weaken their underlings. They grow up to be responsible and sensible beings towards others, our Mother Nature and all its inhabitants.

Innovators and Artists in Making

“The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic,always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before” ~ Vita Sackville -West

Children are curious by nature and our gardens could serve to be the best, inexhaustible ‘lab’ for them to experiment. They learn the science of our garden through Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography. They discover the art of living by understanding intricacies of our garden’s ecology system. They become aware of beauty in all God’s creations and they learn to preserve the beauty in every possible ways.

They say God created children so that we adults could reverse the damages we have done in this world. In a decade where global warming, pollution, corruption and wars reign, do we turn away our children from real world and turn them into mnemonics – full in the head but empty in their heart?

Perhaps it’s time to go back to School of Nature and let your children grow along with your garden. I am sure you would be engagingly rewarded.

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