The other day whilst I was waiting outside my apartment for my dad to get the car out, I saw a little girl digging into damp soil in the mini-garden. I scowled and stepped closer to see what she was actually doing. I was worried she was killing all the young saplings I had planted recently.
She looked up at me, frightened and withdrew her hands from the mud quickly. (You can’t blame her for being scared. My expression was quite acidic, I am sure. You can’t blame me either. I am mean when it comes to things I like.) My expression softened as the cute little girl faced me and I got down on my knees to level with her and asked, “What are you doing?”
She simply stared at me, too scared to talk and tilted her head slightly. My eyes followed the direction and I saw a few coriander seeds on the wet mud. I began to understand what she was doing but I wanted her to speak to me. “Were you sowing those seeds,” I asked in a softer voice, trying to be as sweet as possible. She nodded slowly this time.
I smiled at her and kissed her forehead. She relaxed now and wiped her muddy hands on her shorts. Then she looked up at me and talked animatedly. “My teacher told me that today is World Envi-ron-ment-al Day. She told all of us to plant one seedling and then take care of it. I like coriander in my food. So my ma asked me to plant these seeds,” she pointed at the seeds.
I leant forward and helped her with the seeds. She got overexcited and ran to bring a huge mug filled with water. I giggled at that and told her that the seeds would flood and a little water was enough. She giggled too and very carefully poured a little water on the mud.
I patted the mud as my dad began to yell for me and kissed the little girl again. I waved her goodbye and off I went in the car.
I smiled to myself and thought, if such a little girl can be so sincere towards nature, why can’t we all?
Awaken before it is too late. Start now.