I am very fortunate that I am able to work from home, which allows me to be very active with my Girls' Schools. Today The Toddler's Class was in charge of planting flowers in the Garden in front of their school. I was so happy they picked a week that I was in town, so that I could help – by taking the pictures of course!! As I watched the class of ten four year olds, I was so very thankful that God has blessed me with two very GIRLY girls.
Each child brought a small package of flowers to contribute to the Garden. I feared there would not be enough, so I picked up plenty of extra Snap Dragons, Marigolds, and Pansies to “fill in the gaps.” The teacher, Miss Shelly, had the same thought – so we ended up with PLENTY of flowers for the garden.
The girls jumped straight in to the Garden, clearing weeds and leaves, getting ready to plant… That is… until the boys discovered…
Ten four-year-olds discovering worms had to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen. The boys of course had no trouble picking them up out of the ground and letting them wiggle around in their hands. The girls on the other hand – well, some of them – wanted to keep the worms, but not TOUCH them. They immediately launched into making “homes” for them in the tool boxes, adding dirt and grass and leaves. One little girl even carried her worm around in a trowel, cradling it as if it was a baby. The entire purpose of the day – which of course was getting a Garden planted – was completely lost to the worms.
My Toddler on the other hand didn't want to even be NEAR a worm. She ended up helping Miss Shelly do just about all of the planting – complaining however that her “hands were getting dirty” and would I “fix her nails” when we got home? (yes, I know… I know….)
After getting all of the flowers planted – and introducing about 20 worms back into their new “home” – we headed back to the room to clean up. The boys just about needed Brillo Pads to get clean. After a half of a bottle of Dial, a roll of paper towels, and at least a gallon of water spilled on the bathroom floor, we felt everyone was clean enough to eat. We all sat down for lunch at the picnic tables in front of our little Garden. I helped all of the kids open their milk cartons and applesauce cups, put ketchup on hotdogs and distributed Keebler Cookies…. I even managed to only eat ONE of them… well, one and a half….
It was the perfect way to spend a beautiful Spring Friday with some of my favorite little people. It reminded me again how blessed I am to have the freedom of making my own hours, so I do not miss days like this. It also reminded me of just how thankful I am that God blessed me with GIRLS.