When I was a little girl, I used to take walks with my Grandma Marilyn when we would spend the weekends at their house. My Grandma is an animal lover, having worked at a vet hospital for as long as I can remember and always fed the birds and squirrels, and also a nature lover. During these walks we would stop at giant ant hills, pick flowers, find shore crabs, and play with the neighbors animals.
These walks all stand out in my mind and I am certain helped to instill my love of nature and animals. During one of these walks Grandma had my brother and I bring home a few small seedling pine trees that we found growing on the side of the road. These trees were planted in my Grandparents property and over the years we saw them grow. Many many years ago my Grandparents moved away from this house and rented out the property.
My Grandma now lives in this house again and when I went to visit her this weekend I was so happy to see the trees that I had planted as a young child (under 5 years old) growing tall.
This was such a small thing that has stuck with me my whole life and I am sure it has with my Brother also. I hope that I am able to give my girls something to remind them of their childhood that will last them their whole lives in the way these trees remind me of being a young girl.