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Spreading that Shoeless Groove

April 8, 2015

As the very fortunate coordinator of a community garden, I was able to welcome a group of young people today from a local transitional living home to tour the garden and plant corn . . . what fun we had examining roly-polys and spiders, making bouquets, sniffing herbs, and getting messy in the dirt.

What really did my heart good was when, about an hour into our garden time, I mentioned how good it felt to be shoeless, and several of the kids immediately decided to take off their tennies and spend the rest of the time planting corn . . . barefoot!

Here we are at the end of the planting session; by now half the kids had gotten rid of their shoes.

Here we are at the end of the planting session; by now half the kids had gotten rid of their shoes.

Spring in So Cal means sweet peas and sweet onions are ready to enjoy.

Spring in So Cal means sweet peas and sweet onions are ready to enjoy.

(Truth-in-barefoot-advertising-fine-print-advisory: after the kids left, I went for a stroll in a part of the garden where we have been battling milk thistle all winter/spring: ouch. Even after I got home, I still felt tiny spears jabbing me, and had to get out my needle/flashlight/magnifying glass kit for a little R&R . . .  rout and remove.)

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