Boy Scouts or 4-H? The choice was easy for me.
Landon started going to a 4-H group this week. We are meeting once a month right after kindergarten.
My wonderful, creative girlfriend – a talented floral designer – organizes this new 4-H group, her two little girls (Landon’s “sisters”) are in the group, I have some input, and we are meeting at a farm just down the street we love.
Typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, and life skills.
The 4-H emblem is a four-leaf clover with an H in each leaf. The letters in the emblem stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
HEAD – learning to think, making decisions, and gaining new and valuable knowledge.
HEART – being concerned with the welfare of others, accepting the responsibilities of citizenship, determining values and attitudes by which to live, and learning how to work with others.
HANDS – learning new skills, perfecting skills already known, and developing pride in work and respect for it.
HEALTH – practicing healthful living, protecting the well-being of self and others, and making constructive use of leisure time.
There are many aspects to 4-H, but I particularly like that 4-H is a part of the community. A club becomes involved with improving economic and social conditions where the members live.
And I always enjoy seeing the 4-H kids with their animals at the Grange Fair. It reminds me of the wonderful time I had during the summers I spent on a farm as a kid in Germany. I’d love for L to have the same experience.
Landon — and I, who are we kidding here — will learn about planting and taking care of plants, taking care of animals, and much more.
It’s questionable that we will actually have some flowers sprouting in these containers in a month, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Is there an app for remembering to water plants?