The nursery (the plant kind) is one of our favourite haunts. To me it seems the perfect playground and a splendid way to teach children about life around us.
Today, a cloudy kind of day, was perfect for walking around, talking to the plants and animals we happened to meet on the way.
"No, I'm just standing here, looking at the sky," said the Dandelion. "Have you seen the sky, Nayan?"
"Yes, it's beautiful, full of big trees!"
"Look - there are the wheelbarrows," said Nayan, pointing excitedly.
"And there are the mountains of mud," said Mummy. "Be careful, the gardeners have worked hard to make them."
"Let's go to the lily pond," said Nayan.
"We'll go through the poinsettias," said Mummy. "I think they are growing them for Christmas."
"Look at the lily pond!" said Nayan. "Those leaves are upside down."
"Yes, the leaves are upside down, " said Mummy. "They need to look up at the sun so they can make their food."
"You can eat chlorophyll?" asked Nayan.
"Yes, in spinach and methi and lettuce," said Mummy.
"And grape leaves?"
"I want to eat grape leaves!" declared Nayan.
"Let's put the lily leaves right side up," said Mummy. And so we did.
"I want to touch big water," said Nayan after this was done.
"Let's go to the fish pond," suggested Mummy.
"What should we do next?" wondered Mummy.
"Let's see the ferns!" said Nayan.
"And the orchids! And the pink flowers!" said Mummy.
And so we walked along, sniffing and looking and carefully touching the plants along the way.
"Let's sit on the stony bench for two minutes," said Nayan.
And so we rested on a weathered plank of granite hidden away in a shaded nook.
"Hallo Crocodile," said Nayan. "You can come up here but it's a bit prickly."
"And a bit thorny," agreed Mummy.
"No thank you, Nayan," said Crocodile. "I think I'll rest in the musty, dusty, muddy, damp moss."
"I want to eat green drops but they are toxic!" said Nayan suddenly, looking at some berries.
"That's right!" exclaimed Mummy. "How about some yellow pineapple when we get home?"
"How about some brown chiku when we get home?" asked Nayan.
And so, in pleasant anticipation, we sauntered back home.