I have trouble sitting down to do this section. Not the sitting part mind you, just the writing. I see all the profound statements that are posted on social media and wonder how they come up with them. Fact of the matter is, they just write and/or talk and sometimes something really great comes out of it. So it would appear that while my chances of greatness are few, I at least have the opportunity to express myself.
With that, where to begin. Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with three classes of third graders at a Des Moines school. They were doing their unit on water and I was invited to come in as the "expert" and talk about water harvesting, this after having a working rain barrel in the hall way for over a week. They were well prepared with questions and I was amazed at their vocabulary and understanding of the water cycle. More than once they put me on the spot of not knowing the answer and turning it back to them, asking them what they thought. It was a humbling and most enjoyable experience for me.
So these students are learning the value of water and how it affects their lives. I hope it is a lesson they take with them daily and share with their families and those around them. Water is precious and we need to use it wisely.( No long preaching about Iowa's polluted rivers and streams, just a request to think how each of us can do better.) We are to be the caretakers of our natural resources. I do not want to be remembered as the generation that scarred the earth beyond recognition. Use it well.
Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/oceanography/ocean-earth-system/ocean-water-cycle/
Joel Gettys is the co-founder of Rain Barrels Iowa. He is our resident gardener, product designer, chief of installation at our Rain Barrels Iowa store.