I spent a short yet delightful session with our local third graders for a discussion about “Life with Trees.” I was invited to speak about how to plant pine seedlings that they each received for a science project. We started off with “how do trees help us to live?” Along with the usual answers of cleaning the air, creating oxygen etc. came the response that we use them to make ping pong balls – to which I professionally replied “really? I didn’t know that!” We also discussed the many ways trees are like people. My favorite comment was from a little girl very much like my younger self many, many years ago who said that “trees have feelings.” Of course they do – they just don’t show it! A truly enjoyable and refreshing respite despite their unending questions – for me to go back to third grade for lessons about trees from the students.
in her eyes