Soon after my last post, I brought a friend to the Give & Take Garden. For this visit, we “gave” a special rock that was given to me several years ago by my niece, Stephanie. Etched into the rock were the numbers “143,” a reference significant to me because of a project I started years ago with a group of PSCS students. In short, 1-4-3 means “I love you” (1 letter, 4 letters, 3 letters). I’ll explain more in a future post very soon, one related to my neighborhood treasures idea.
Ella joined Bentsen and me for a walk to the garden in June. On that visit we brought along a little toy car to give. I was pleased to see that the 143 rock was gone, which means to me that someone thought enough of it to take it. Give and take, right?Last night Bentsen and I went back. We brought along another toy car to give, having noticed in another recent visit that the first toy car I gave was gone. To my excitement, we found a Wonder Woman ring in the garden. For the first time, I felt compelled to take something, and for the rest of our walk last night I wore the Wonder Woman ring. I was excited to bring it home to show Ella, who was also pleased by the find. She suggested I take the ring to school and put it in my office next to a figurine I have of The Flash and another of The Tick. Good idea.
Speaking of giving and taking, I hesitated for a minute taking the ring, thinking that perhaps the taking should all be done by children. Standing at the garden, I was quickly reminded of a philosophy of accepting things that I shared in a recent kindness class. The idea is that there is no giving without someone receiving (or taking). So by taking the ring, I think I was better utilizing the garden’s main purpose. I even wrote about this idea on this blog over 5 years ago! Take a look.