or in english, "planting rice is never fun" - a song we learned at a very young age, i can't even remember exactly when. but i can sing the lyrics off the top of my head at any given time, without really realizing what it is saying to young, impressionable minds: that planting (rice, trees, etc) is not fun, its a hard job, not something you would eventually want to do when you grow up.
but maybe (hopefully), they aren't teaching this song in schools anymore. because in the last forest building activity i volunteered for this year, we had lots of little hands helping us plant trees in Tublay Central, Benguet....
a beautiful town, with picture perfect scenery,
where kids can really enjoy nature
(in order to truly appreciate it and to later on protect and care for it)
gradeschool kids from the city
together with highschool kids from the local school
carried seedlings to the mountains
and little 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds helped plant trees
alongside the villager elders :)
and everyone shared the same meal at the end of the day -
cabbage soup and pinikpikan :)
hopefully, the seeds have been sown for the next generation.
so one day, i will take the messybessitas with me, (and hopefully stella, tati and alvaro too) to plant trees :)