Monday, April 19, 2010

Bruce the Blue Spruce

Back when Matt and I were still dating, we agreed that when we had a child, we would plant a tree for them.  So that as they grew, they could see 'their' tree grow as well.  We hoped they would learn to take care of and nurture a living thing, while also learning to be good stewards of this beautiful world that we are blessed with.
Then we had Jack, and we got caught up in a whirling vortex of diapers, spit-up, and baby toes, so until this weekend, we had completely forgotten about that conversation we had so long ago.

 However, in celebration of Earth Day, my mom and I went to a local nursery for lunch and some plant browsing.  The displays there are really very stunning, and the herbs...heaven to my nose!

We also picked up a seedling for my little one.  A blue spruce seedling, a seedling we lovingly referred to as 'Bruce' to be exact.  (Arborday.com tells me that this is a very hardy tree, which is good because...well...do you remember what I did to that poor cactus?)

We waited impatiently for Matt to come home, then he and I (and Jack) transferred Bruce the Blue Spruce into his very own terracotta pot.  In time we will plant him in the ground, but with all of this hub-bub about the house, we don't want to plant him somewhere that we are unable to care for him.  He's too little to be all alone at the house, he might get cold! (Maybe I'm transferring a little bit of this new mothering thing onto the tree?).

In a small, possibly weird way, I felt that we were starting him off on the right foot.  Jack, that is.  That yeah, maybe we will do a thing or two the right way. 

And look! For the very first time in his life, my son has gotten real, honest to goodness, dirt under his fingernails.  I am so proud.

No really, I am!

Did you celebrate Earth Day this year?

5 comments:

  1. I love this post. I love this post.

    What is that saying...to teach your children to have wings you must first give them roots?

    That's not it exactly but it's exactly what popped into my head when I read this.

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  2. What a wonderful tradition, and Jack and Bruce will have a happy life together.
    To be honest I forgot it was Earth day. I wonder how we can celebrate.

    Does hatching chicks count?

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  3. haha sure, I think that counts!

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  4. What a neat idea! Loved your pictures!

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  5. What a FANTASTIC idea. For our wedding we gave people bluebonnet seeds (The Texas flower) to plant as a symbol of our relationship. What a great idea for a kid.

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