Ecoliteracy Love Letter

Dear Grandma and Grandpa Drews,

Your passion and love for gardening is inspiring! I will always remember coming over to your house and being amazed by your beautiful vegetable garden! You had a true green-thumb, and always took such excellent care of your garden! Whenever we would come over in the summer, you would ask if we wanted to help pick tomatoes, carrots, beans, beets, zucchinis, and before your tree died, cherries too!  I want to thank you for teaching us a bit about gardening and for always giving us fresh garden vegetables and fruit! It was something that I always enjoyed and looked forward to, come autumn. I also remember finding snails, slugs, and worms when we helped in your garden and thought it was gross. You explained that having these creatures present are a sign of a healthy garden! Now that you are no longer able to take care of your garden as well as you could before, I hope that we can continue that tradition for you! In doing this, I hope that I will be able to pass it on to my kids eventually, and they’ll pass it on to theirs, and so on.

Your garden was not the only eco-friendly part of your family home. Many of your lifestyle choices reflect the idea of what it truly means to live an eco-literate lifestyle! You have chosen to go without things that most people today could not imagine living without!  Computers, cable, a dishwasher and A/C are all things that take up so much extra power, energy, and resources. I want to thank you for braving the heat, e

ven on some of our hottest summer days! (I know how hot your house can get in the summer!).

Even the smaller things you do make a big difference! For example, whenever you give us baking and goodies, you save and recycle your plastic bread bags instead of buying more new Ziploc bags! We, in turn, give the bags back and reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes into our landfills!

Finally, I want to thank you for setting such a good example of what it means to live an eco-literate lifestyle! I hope that I am able to learn from your example and incorporate many of the things you do for the environment into my life!

With Love,

Aimee

 

The picture in this post shows my sister and I looking for worms, snails, slugs, and bugs, along with the first sprouts starting to poke through the soil in my grandma and grandpa’s garden.

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