Curious George Makes Earth Day Happen

22 Apr

I knew what day it was today and figured I had to do something good for the environment. I mean I wasn’t going to pledge a Billion Acts of Green, but I could at least do one more act of kindness other than recycling. You really can’t be selfish today. It was Earth Day. Earth … it’s a pretty big planet. You’re supposed to think of the bigger picture, at least for today. You’re supposed to think about Earth.  It’s probably the only planet that has chocolate, so gotta do what you gotta do.

So I thought I would do something involving nature. I could plant a tree. It would make up for all that driving around back and forth in a gas guzzler. I don’t own a Prius. It’s too small to house the Guat Posse. They’re also way out of my poor writer price range. Most hybrids and electric cars are, but I’m sure when I’m rolling in it I’ll upgrade. But I’m not that bad. California has strict emission laws to keep everyone in check, but I’m the vapors coming out of my exhaust aren’t that breathable, so I thought planting a tree would be good. But I had nowhere to plant it. I don’t have a yard. I don’t even have a house. I’ve been in a state of homeless transition for a while, having to live at my parents house. Stupid Craigslist housing section, you’ve let me down.

So I couldn’t plant a tree, but I still wanted to do something involving nature. Then it hit me. Literally it hit me, my one year-old likes emptying things out of boxes and bags, and not in a gentle way. So as I was pondering this whole Earth Day contribution a small Curious George packet of tomato seeds landed on my face. I thought this is the perfect Earth Day activity for us.

 

The origins of our future plant were kept in here.

The origins of our future plant were kept in here.

 

My son wanted to examine the seeds. My daughter wanted to taste them.

My son wanted to examine the seeds. My daughter wanted to taste them.

 

And so our little Earth Day project began as we added soil to a recycled cottage cheese container

And so our little Earth Day project began as we added soil to a recycled cottage cheese container.

 

After we added the seeds, baby sister wanted to get in on the action.

After we added the seeds, baby sister wanted to get in on the action.

 

We added the final touch ... and they waited, and waited, and waited.

We added the final touch … and they waited, and waited, and waited.

 

Both of my kids were pretty excited about using gardening accessories and planting something that would grow. But when plants didn’t sprout out within the hour, it was kind of a bummer for them. However my son recalled a Curious George episode and told his little sister that the plant needed more time. A long time. He told his sister: “Tomorrow. Tomorrow the plant will come.”

 

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9 Responses to “Curious George Makes Earth Day Happen”

  1. TBM April 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM #

    Tomorrow the plant will come–I love it! Kids say the best things.

    • The Guat April 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM #

      He cracks me up. I love these little quotes, it makes the adventure worth while.

  2. John W. Howell April 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM #

    Had to have been the best earth day ever!

    • The Guat May 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM #

      It was actually pretty awesome and he was excited. I was happy I was able to “do” something. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Cayman Thorn April 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM #

    I’m with your kids on this one. Why DO these plants take so long to grow? Nice idea, Mami. (I hope it’s okay to call you Mami. I was smacked for doing so by a friend of my aunt’s. But I was 16 years old at the time and I took it as a rite of passage. I had issues.)

    • The Guat April 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM #

      I have no idea why it takes so long, but I’m sure I learned about it in Earth Science class. Apparently, nature is complicated. And no worries, on the Mami bit, as long as you’re not hanging out at a construction site and it wasn’t accompanied by a whistle 🙂

      • Cayman Thorn April 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM #

        As a matter of fact, I’m not hanging out at a construction site, so we’re good. Cool….

  4. 76sanfermo April 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM #

    Children are wiser than we think,aren’t they?

    • The Guat April 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM #

      His wisdom cracks me up sometimes 🙂

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