We joined the virtual August book club and read My Garden by Kevin Henke. The sweet imaginations of a child bring to life a magical garden in this book. The illustrations are so whimsical and my kids really wanted to look at them closely.
I took the kids to a local botanical garden and we found a shady spot to sit and read our book. When we returned home, I set some shells, paints, and glitter out for the kids. In our house, the glitter makes the shells magical and you just never know what they might grow.
As a child, I spent the summers with my grandparents. Their neighbors were their best friends and they had known them for years and years. I knew them as Aunt Evie and Uncle Gussy. My Uncle Gussy passed away when I was just ten, but I have wonderful memories of summers with them. My Aunt Evie is still a part of my life and we talk just about every week.
My uncle Gussy told me that my play money would grow real money if I just planted it in a special pot. Imagine how thrilled I was when I found a real quarter in my pot the next morning. I didn't find out until I was older that each night he would walk over and change my play money for real money.
So, after the kids finished their shells, I suggested that they plant them...you never know what might grow. It was the first thing Sassfras asked about in the morning. I think she was hoping for more shells to grow, but was really excited to find quarters in their place. I told them they had to share what they found...which was enough quarters for a trip to the dollar store. I'm sure our neighbors wondered what the shrill laughs were at 6:30 in the morning!
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