Kids say, "Let us collect and give us lawn!"

We ask kids to share their views. Sometimes they write them out for us, sometimes we have to listen up!

A kid should be allowed to see and choose for herself

The first Kid's View relevant today, comes thanks to Deity: You might think an ornament made of acorn tops and locust seed pods is just the thing but a kid should be allowed to see and choose for herself.

For instance, we enjoy making holiday ornaments from things collected from a garden. With a feather, a seed pod or nut, bits of twig, some craft store doo-dads and a glue gun we've tapped into the garden's own well of creativity many times. We invite our young friends to join us in the fun, which has given us merry memories to go with the whimsies for our ornament collection. We can assemble all the bits of this and that we like, yet if Deity takes a fancy to snail shells, then they belong in the collection. It's then our duty as garden oracle to tell stories to enhance their value: Did you know snails can crawl 80 feet a day, and they can follow each others' slime trails to good food?!

These homemade ornaments just celebrated their 20th holiday season. The reindeer has liatris stalk legs. The goony bird sports wings made from Siberian iris seed pods and a top knot of purple coneflower seed. They hang around reminding us of what fun it was and who it was who rummaged with us through the garden to create them.

These homemade ornaments just celebrated their 20th holiday season. The reindeer has liatris stalk legs. The goony bird sports wings made from Siberian iris seed pods and a top knot of purple coneflower seed. They hang around reminding us of what fun it was and who it was who rummaged with us through the garden to create them.

Kids like what they like and that's that. If we want to them to continue to poke around and grow in the garden we must acknowledge and embrace this right!

Kids like what they like and that's that. If we want to them to continue to poke around and grow in the garden we must acknowledge and embrace this right!

Nate and Sarah are happy with their snow fort even after a snow plow driver crumbled its corner. Too bad the lawn wasn't bigger so the fort could have had a buffer zone!

Nate and Sarah are happy with their snow fort even after a snow plow driver crumbled its corner. Too bad the lawn wasn't bigger so the fort could have had a buffer zone!

Lawn is essential

The second perspective isn't news to us but we who love to turn lawn into garden do need continual reminders. Nate and Sarah brought the message this time: We kids need lawn! We need it for running, for wrestling, and for building forts without being shooed off this plant or the other.