Sunday, April 19, 2009
Learning Earth Day lessons
whether we like it or not
Even in the desert, we have to keep weeds from taking over our yards. The yard may be made up of cactus and landscaped with pebbles, but during our rainy season, weeds can sprout up through the rocks and grow like crazy.
This is the case in our neighbor's back yard. And since she is allergic to the poisons that most neighbors use to knock the weeds back, they've gotten kind of out of hand.
She'd been looking forward to her 18-year-old grandson's visit over Easter weekend. Of course it was going to be great to have him in the house, but Dottie also thought she could get him to spray the weeds. She reported in this weekend:
"He wouldn't do it," she said. "I offered him $25, but no."
"He's 18-years-old. He's taking classes on the environment. He lectured me about the poisons seeping into the water table... he just wouldn't do it."
She was a little amused, but kind of irritated by his stand.
"What did you do," we asked. Thinking maybe he'd help her pull them or dig the weeds out.
"I offered him $50!"
He may have needed the cash, but Dottie's grandson stuck to his guns. No way would he spray poison to kill weeds.
Dottie's weeds are still there. The rainy season has passed and they are drying out and should be easy to dig up soon.
And because of her grandson's stand on helping to keep our environment clean, we're thinking a little more seriously about Earth Day on our block.