One Monday in August I found myself shoveling dirt in a children’s playground park in London. I had got up at 4.45 am and caught a flight in, just to shovel that dirt. But it was important dirt: dirt that recreated Nature in the middle of London, including an adventure forest and permaculture gardens, to allow kids bury their fingers in the soil and get lost between the trees and shrubberies.
My London office gave the hours of its day to an after-school care center’s amazing adventure gardens. And I quite enjoyed seeing my highly skilled colleagues displaying entirely different skills, surprised at who naturally gravitated towards carpentry and who chose to plant instead. I doubt I know my colleagues much at all.
(London, United Kingdom; August 2019)