Here it is springtime again, and time to bring my readers up to date on the progress of Prince William’s gardening. It’s been awhile since my last article about him, because he has been on vacation, and a number of trips.

He will be 6 years old in May and has been gardening in his little plot since the age of 3. He’s a fast learner, and knows more about planting now. A week ago he planted spinach, turnip and mustard seeds and they are all up out of the ground. Several weeks ago he and I set out tomato and pepper plants and they are thriving from the warm sun and rain.

Last fall he planted snow peas and the cold weather killed all the plants except one. It’s about 18 inches tall and has two blooms on it. In February, I had some potatoes sprouting and I showed him how to cut the sprouts off and place in the ground. Now a half dozen plants are about ten inches tall. He was quite impressed that Irish potatoes would grow from cutting from another potato instead of a seed. Before going to Hilton Head for a week on the beach, he made a little wooden sign with his name on it and placed at the row of potatoes.

From the early age of three he could handle a hoe and absolutely loves digging in his little garden plot. He enjoys flowers, and planted flower seed in the center of his garden. Looks pretty. While he was away I stuck some parsley plants at the end of a row of tomato plants and they have grown as if fed Purina Growena. In one corner, he planted perennial dianthus flowers and they appeared out of ground six weeks ago now in full bloom and absolutely beautiful.

Last year, he brought some popcorn plants he had sprouted in his pre-school class, which thrived to maturity and he gathered and popped the corn he had grown. We saved seeds from those plants and when he comes tomorrow he will plant seeds from the popcorn he grew last year.

He’s learning about the exponential scale and how just one seed can produce many other seeds for planting again. Plus learning about the life force stored in a mustard seed, and how that tiny seed springs up life by pushing through soil much heavier than the seed itself. And once out of the ground, how the warm sunlight furnishes what the mustard seeds need to thrive and grow to maturity.

Not only does he enjoy digging in the soil and the whole process of planting, he learns where food comes from plus some early learning about the laws of the Universe. His garden is a miniature plot, and doesn’t take very much space to plant a variety of things. Seeing in reality is better than reading from a book. He sees that tiny mustard seed go in the ground and covers with soil much heavier than the seed, and when it appears, knows the plant came forth as a result of resistance. After pushing itself out of the soil, he experiences the fact the little plant is dependent upon something outside itself to survive and grow – warmth, sunlight and water. Thus learning the connection between dependency and resistance according to the laws of the universe.

This past weekend at Freedom Mountain Academy, he ran and played all over the campus and farm. He gathered eggs from the hens’ nests, and his eyes lit up with joy telling all of us about it. He gathered twigs from the edge of the woods, tied together to make a little toy raft, he launched in the lake there. He had watched a TV program in the home of a new friend he had made on the campus and when we started on the trip back, his mom asked him why his eyes were red and he said he had cried watching a program. When his mom asked him why he cried, he responded, “Multiple reasons.” I almost cracked up at his response, which ended the conversation.

Aside from raising my own children, over the years I have kept children of others, and without a doubt, 5 year old Prince William is the smartest child I have ever known. Advanced beyond his years and such a joy for my having the privilege of keeping him from time to time. He’s great company for me and quite entertaining. My readers know from prior articles, I began teaching him golf at age two in my fenced-in back yard. Now he can knock it over the fence and yells, “I knocked it to Kingdom come!”

If you do not have a young child in your life to enjoy his learning and developing, go find one, offer to keep a friend or neighbor’s child, and experience the beauty of their learning process, and assist by teaching from your experiences.

I recently watched a program with a group of children being interviewed by the English gentleman, trying to improve the food in the public school lunchrooms here in America. These children had no idea where a tomato, potato nor a banana came from. That’s a crying shame, teachers in public schools nor the parents, teach these young minds where the basic needs to sustain life come from.

Benjamin Disraeli, the Prime Minister of England said: “It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.”



Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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