Yesterday, my five year old (well, he was five yesterday, today he is six!) and his friend and I went strawberry picking. It's an annual tradition we've had since they were two. We picked 14 pounds of strawberries.
Here are some of the things we learned:
Strawberries are good (I already knew that but my son decided he didn't like them until we coaxed him into picking one and trying it - he loudly declared them good).
Food grows in dirt.
Eating a little dirt can't hurt you.
It's really fun to eat food you've just picked.
Time flies really fast when you're enjoying yourself.
It's important to rotate crops (last year the strawberries were on the other side of the field).
Bending over doesn't feel like such a chore when the reward is a fresh picked strawberry (okay, only I learned that lesson).
It's better to pick early in the day before it gets too hot.
Sharing traditions with friends is important.
Sharing your bounty with friends is important - we gave away a lot of strawberries to neighbors today.
If you want a basket full of perfect, bright red, juicy strawberries, leave the kids at home. If you want to have a lot of fun, let the kids see how things work on a farm, and give them a love for good food and nature, accept the fact that you're going to have a few less then ripe berries.
Strawberries are good.