come grow in our garden, we will kill you
Here is my ode to our family's summer garden. Looking out the window into the sweet little box flanking our porch, it is painfully obvious that our family has not yet reached the level of gardening skill that I hoped we would have by now. In fact, we've violently regressed. I think we've grown a grand total of maybe 8 cherry tomatoes, and just one, gigantic, prickly zucchini that frightens the children. And me. Which is why I still haven't picked it and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and scarier and scarier.
I do happily have the excuse of horrid morning sickness, which is the bright side of all of our dead vegetable plants.
And, our school's new parent-led art program! I am very excited about this. When I wasn't laying on the couch feeling next to death this summer - or trying desperately to do something fun with my poor children despite the death-feeling, I worked on compiling and revising art lesson plans for our school. Happily, it turns out that our principal, and also many parents, are anxious to make sure that art is part of our children's education. I had to do a presentation at Back to School Night about my master plan (which was scary for me. Doesn't master plan sound sinister?) - but now that's over, and we have lots of parent "art docents" signed up - as well as a Parent Art Committee - who are excited to get started leading art presentations in their children's classes.
Before this, I think I honestly felt a little abandoned by our public school system, worried that creativity and the ideals of teaching our children to appreciate beauty and gain cultural literacy were being pushed out by test scores and tiny budgets. But this experience has really opened my eyes to the wonderful people who work in schools, trying to stretch the little money they get - as well as to the power of parents getting involved. We're willing to step up when we have to, to fill needs and start programs with volunteer hours and donated money that small budgets just can't support.
(On a totally unrelated note: my good friend Liz is de-stashing and selling a bunch of her fabric here, for great prices! If you have fall sewing plans you should check out her site.)