I had to use the lettuce as an icebreaker since gardening is a communal effort – even if it is a communal effort of one person but many plants. Plants can bring communities together. Whether it be communities of people, animals or plants, communal efforts work best.
I had this bright idea that things I did when my daughters were little could be reinvented and shared with my grandsons. I strongly feel that children today miss out on a lot of things because of the lack of communal efforts. I thought that if I grew lettuce and shared with the children in their classes to show them how to reuse, recycle and reduce waste in the landfills and eat healthy at the same time, it would be a great thing. Something different than the norm. I am sure that many of us remember the bean in the Dixie cup that we did not know what to do with after it sprouted. With lettuce, it can be eaten as it is or dressing with a little dressing. I started the seedling on the dining room table as the last snow storm of the season was brewing outside.