My Childhood Gardening Business
When I was 15 years old, I had gardens as my source of income to get school fees and to sustain my living expenses.
I used to plant beans and corn in a large garden. At the time I was a student, so I used to make a schedule for planting seeds and inform all my classmates the day on which I’m going to plant beans or corn so that they can come and help me. In return for their help, we all shared a meal from my garden.
Out of the whole class 25 students used to come and help me plant beans on a weekend, because on weekdays we had our regular classes and we didn’t want to skip any lesson. My friends loved to come because Saturday the school was closed, and then we had enough time to enjoy gardening.
We used to prepare our own food in a very big saucepan. We ate and told each other wonderful stories, making a lot of noise and getting things done in the garden. Because we used to spend the whole day gardening, we used to bring along all the things we might need, like drinking water, plates, and cups, to avoid wasting time.
Then after gardening all of them started asking me? “ When are we coming back again for our gardening party?” I used to tell them that we would keep in touch in class because I have to prepare the garden first to be ready for planting again. In those days I learned teamwork and commitment. My friends and I had a strong cooperation, and we were committed to get things done.
All the kids who used to help me are now grown up and have their own families, and we are still friends. When we meet each other we talk about our memories of gardening and sometimes we all cry tears.
I hope you enjoy this story.