While on their front-lawn foraging expedition, he also found some new green leaves peeking through the graveled walk way. He bent down, pulled off a small leaf, smelled it and announced that the cilantro was up. He was right. It is.
Back at their house is a medium-sized pot that serves as the home of a slender, green plant. The three youngest (same family) planted it months ago from the bottom of a celery stalk their mama gave them.
They’ve been so excited to show it to me when I’ve visited and last time I saw it, it was doing great.
Mind you, one of the youngers has exhibited an impressive war on veggies. But, he’s one of the first to volunteer when there’s an adventure afoot, and that day, one of the adventures was simple foraging for flowers in the lawn and learning from his big brother how to pick and eat them them.
When he (the younger) and I are hanging out, I get a free refreshing on my floral-foraging education. Works for me. I’m loving that he knows it. That he’s excited to share what he knows and that he learned it from his brother.
My consistent reminding his big brother of, “Monkey see-monkey do,” is justified with a great example.
Big brother doesn’t only forage for dandelions, violets and cilantro. During visits, he also checks for the little wild strawberries and signs of new fruit on the blackberry bush.
Won’t be long before he’ll be picking small needled leaves off of Ramsey, my lavender plant gifted to me for my birthday last year. He loves to rub the leaves he picks between his hands to get the spicy and relaxing fragrance they produce to scent his skin.
The juniors would likely have more fun hunting for diamonds in a stream bed. But, we don’t have a stream bed in the front lawn and they seemed pretty happy to be hunting and capturing dandelions and violets instead.
Just sayin’, presentation matters when it comes to kids turning adventures with weeds into dinner.
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