That is where my beautiful grandsons come into the picture. I want to teach them that it can be the simplest things that make the biggest impact. And believe me they are listening. They are at the age between wonder and delight.
Last week we were taking care of our grandsons for a few days. Every visit to Grandma's house has to include a trip to a nearby park. The little green place is full of nooks and crannies and bridges and water. It is also full of people playing basketball and enjoying a Sunday afternoon picnic. It is a well used and sometimes abused green space.
When we visited the park this last week, we were trying to see if the tiny pond with a creek running through might have fish or frogs. The water skippers were busy with their big shoes on their feet skimming across the water. But search as we might, we didn't find any fish. Grandma the oldest said someone threw a pop can in the water! The the smallest asked What's that white thing Grandma?
I can honestly can say that I had a feeling of visceral disgust as I looked at garbage in our little park's water. You all know that our children should only see clean water and shining skies. This was one of those moments when you wish what happened hadn't but also knew that now was the time. The lesson had begun. The choice was about action or inaction. Did I want them to think that someone else would take care of it or did I want to find a way for the three of us to take responsibility for someone else's mess? For me, there really wasn't a choice. All I needed was a rake, a pair of rubber gloves, two little boys and a big plastic garbage bag.
|Two Little Boys|
|And a Garbage Bag|
Hopefully, in some small way what we do can help. It doesn't matter if global warming is caused by us or by mother nature. The fact is, humans are having an effect on the world. How could we not? When did we forget the message about global warming was simply about keeping our own backyard clean? But, even more important, are we forgetting to teach our children and grandchildren about how we can prevent the destruction of mother earth because we are so caught up in the political argument?
Have a wonderful day.