The new principal at my daughter’s school is putting together a committee of parents to work in the gardens there. There will also be a vegetable garden, and yes, it is going to be worked into curriculum. I am so freaking excited I don’t know where to begin. Except that I’m not in charge. That’s right, when the question was asked who wanted to head up the vegetable garden committee, for once I didn’t volunteer.
This is huge for me.
I love gardens. Digging a new hole is my favorite form of therapy. Teaching kids how to garden, so that they can learn how much better it is to eat fresh, healthy food, how easy it is for them to be able to do so? So part of my goal of overhauling our entire food system. I have a tendency to stand up and take charge when no one else does. But not this time. My main reason is really that my daughter moves up the upper elementary school after June and I feel this project needs a parent that’s more invested in the long term than myself. There are other reasons, like, a need to really focus more on my fledgling business and my own garden. There are other parents that have the same ideas I have, so it really was sort of easy to let go.
I’ve had a few people tell me how I should be in charge of this committee. I know, it seems like a good fit, but at the same time, it’s not. I’m happy to help out, but let someone else take charge. It might not seem like it, but I don’t always like being in charge. I might be good at it, I might do it quite a bit, but that doesn’t mean I like it. It’s far easier to say “Yes” to something and find a way to juggle it in than to say “No”, but man, saying “No” is really empowering.