Thursday, May 16, 2013

LA guerilla gardens

"Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do."

Ron Finley notes that kids need to be doing things that give them a sense of purpose and that have real value. Can folks not see that kids isolated from becoming providers will not receive the earliest and best possible guidance in becoming responsible adults? I am reminded of my friend Tom, who at the age of 12 was told to go out with his 22 rifle and secure dinner. If he did not, his mother informed him, they would not eat. Tom regarded that moment as a life changing experience. He had been asked to make a real contribution meeting to his family's real needs. Gardening is a thing that can happen nearly anyplace. We are not what we think, or what we know. We are what we do. And most sadly, schools these days offer little chance to do real things that are of consequence to family and community. Schools are about someday. Someday this, someday that. And what about now?

Make, fix and create.

1 comment:

  1. Good for Ron Finley! We need more people like him everywhere.