2011年5月8日日曜日

mummy's little helper

Meg and Amy are both pretty good about helping in the garden. They are never made to garden but we won't leave them home alone while we go to the big garden or the rice paddy so there are times when they do have to come out to the garden. We always take skipping ropes or paper and markers or road chalk or bicycles or something with us so they can have fun while we work. For the most part Meg plays and is pretty uninterested in what we are doing (unless she can help daddy. Daddy's little helper is her favourite job). She is pretty upfront about her lack of interest. I was using the lawn prodder tool (to aerate the soil) and she asked to do it. I acquiesced and she replied "I won't do it all, sorry. I'll stop when I got bored, ok?" Of course honey but she did make me giggle! In contrast Amy is quite interested in the garden and what we're doing and what will happen next and then what and then what and why?

So, on Mother's Day while K and Meg changed the snow tires for regular tires on all three cars (Meg got to take off all the lugnuts after K loosened them) Amy hung out in the hammock chatting with me as I watered all the seeds. Then when I got out string and scissors her interest was piqued.

What are you doing?
Cutting string for the peas.
Why?
They need something to climb up.
Why?
Otherwise they will fall over.
How do they climb up?
They have curly little hands that wind around the string.
Show me!
Look.
I wanna do it, too!
Sure.

We started tying the strings on and Amy realised that I was about twice as fast as she was. She was worried that she wouldn't get to tie many and asked (ok demanded) that I stop and let her do it by herself.

And so I did.

And so she did.



And the only time I interfered was when I intervened to suggest that the peas would find the string in their own time and didn't need her 'encouragement' to wind around the strings.

Thanks Amy!

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achan さんのコメント...

what a darling, send her down to me my peas are all over the ground because i didn't do it properly-AGAIN!! She could teach this old woman how to do it!!

I hope she is rewarded with lots of peas and the job of setting up the cuccumbers!!