Hubby S is a member of PBSP which had a tree planting activity last July 23. The company where he works was sending 80 volunteers to help with the project and he also decided to let us all join.
We had our little garden hoe so we were ready to plant. The group was divided into 5 teams, each with their own guide and we took a hike into the mountainside.
We got our hands dirty, and dug into the ground to plant our seedlings. The ground was hard so it took a little digging to completely cover our hole. We proceeded to hike all around our forest area, avoiding the super steep areas that even adults had trouble traversing then we hiked back up to our car. A and I got bitten by some ants, we were a little sweaty from the hike but we had a lot of fun. A was so high from the hike he kept shouting “We are Number One!” I think it’s all the oxygen going to his brain. C was so excited from the hike she kept saying she wanted to do it again.
We sat down outside our car beside the forest, and the kids had a snack. S and I took the opportunity to tell our kids that we should take time out sometimes to do something that will help other people or help make the world a little bit better. Planting trees is a good way for us to protect Mother Earth. Since we were given so much, we should also take time out to give back in any little way we can.
Although there was a lot of whining at the beginning because of the early start, we all went home happy. Luckily, for some reason, the ant bites didn’t raise the huge itchy rashes I expected.
Our learnings for next time, we just need to let the kids wear long socks and tuck their pants into them to protect from insects.
Hubby S and I plan to do this regularly and we plan to bring the kids.
It’s a brand new experience for them, something they can talk about and share with other kids. It also broadens their horizons without the need of spending any money. It is also an opportunity for us to bond as a family.
It’s a win win situation.