Earth babies.
May 04, 2011

It started like this: a picnic table covered with pots.  Yogurt and cottage cheese and parmesan containers with holes drilled in the bottom.  Heirlooms picked up half-price at the local organic nursery.  Handfuls of dirt and compost mixed together with bat guano, just for kicks.

Every day for the past two weeks, I have gardened.  I thinned out our remaining beet plants after they bolted, crossed my fingers for seeds.  I dug up chard roots and pulled out weeds that were choking off the garlic.  I created short rows and pointed to where I wanted Charlotte to lay down the seeds.  I read her books, explained how seeds germinate and grow and how ours will become plants.  Food.

It started small.

And then it grew.

Over the past two days, we have begun to see sprouts.  Little green nubs poking out of the dirt, reaching toward the sky.  And our daughter has begun to understand.  SEED!, she exclaims.  SHUN! (sun)  WAH-TER! (water)  SPOW! (sprout)  GEEN! (green)  PANT! (plant)  WOOT! (root)  GO! (grow)  WEEF! (leaf)  FOO! (food)  TAY-BULL! (table)  ME!  It makes a Momma proud, hearing those words, admiring those sprouts.

I feel oddly protective of these tiny greens, so when Charlotte pointed to them and asked DIS? (what’s this?), I told her they are sprouts and that sprouts are Momma’s Earth babies.  ERR BAY-BEE!, Charlotte squawks, and it’s set in stone.  My fingers are stained the colors of the garden and my back is sore from the effort and I am tired, so very tired, of hand-watering the ten million small collections of garden pots positioned around the yard.  But my daughter is chanting ERR BAY-BEE! and I can’t help but smile.

Earth babies.  I like the sound of that.


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  1. By on May 04, 2011

    Amazing what they are learning at this stage. We take care of one exactly Char’s age and to see your posts and then to compare them with Crash’s development just cracks me up some days, Sarah. Keep up the good work, kiddo, I am loving it every day.

  2. By on May 04, 2011

    Has she tried to pull up any of your plants? My 23 month old has already pulled out a few of our tomato, pepper and okra plants. I try not to say “don’t touch” but, it’s hard to let her play and be involved and have no “fatalities” :)


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