We weeded a bit of Grammie's garden today. It's sort of a co-op thing where we try to help out in the garden during the summer so that we hopefully don't feel like the duck, the pig, and the cat in the book The Little Red Hen when autumn rolls around. We apartment-dwellers are entirely too helpful when it comes to harvesting and eating Grammie's vegetables. :)
As we weeded this morning...
I told Julia to go look at one of the trees and see if she could figure out what was growing on it. The little fuzzy, green peachlings had her stumped. When I finally told her, "Julia, someday soon those fuzzy little green things are going to grow up into yummy peaches for us to eat" she smiled and whispered to them, "Happy birthday, baby peaches!"
We found lots of ladybugs. I think they like the Queen Anne's Lace-type weed that abounds. Julia picked up each ladybug we found and let it crawl on her hand for a few minutes. As I weeded, I knew without looking up whenever she found one because she would start giggling.
I was trying to teach her to pull weeds up by their roots so that they don't come back so easy. When I pulled a big one, I showed her and said, "Look, this one's roots were trying to get to China!" That caught on. Every weed she pulled that she managed to get the roots up too, she told me, "This one was trying to get to China, Mom!" Every single one.
In the back corner of Grammie's garden, Creeping Jenny plants have overtaken the grapevines and are all a beautiful, green tangle. When we were weeding back there, Julia found a little opening into the tangle. Her eyes lit up. "Mom! It looks like a Totoro tunnel!" *gasp* "Is Totoro real?"
I LOVE JULIA!