A Poem is a Little Path
A poem is a little path
That leads you through the trees.
It takes you to the cliffs and shores,
To anywhere you please.
Follow it and trust your way
With mind and heart as one,
And when the journey’s over,
You’ll find you’ve just begun.
Poem found here: http://charlesghigna.blogspot.com/2010/07/poem-is-little-path-poems-about-poetry.html
Have you ever driven down the road or a major highway that seemed to be littered with um…. Litter? Or have you ever driven down the road or a major highway that had several men and women with safety vests on collecting trash and or other debris? The latter scenario describes a situation in which a company, group, or family has taken it upon themselves to keep America beautiful. The safety vested people have invested themselves by going to a local government agency in their area to sign up for a special program. That program is called “The Adopt-a-Highway program, also known as Sponsor-a-Highway … It is a promotional campaign undertaken by U.S. states, provinces and territories of Canada, in addition to national governments outside North America to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. In exchange for regular litter removal, an organization … is allowed to have its name posted on a sign in the section of the highways they maintain.”*
This Service program allows the group to come out to a section of the highway, at least 4 times a year, to clean away all litter and cut overgrowth of vegetation. It is a great way for a certain group to give back to their community. The only problem with this program is that families with young children cannot get involved. Due to safety concerns, children should not be among the group participating in this activity. A very understandable regulation, for sure!
So how can you and your family be a part of something like this… keeping your neighborhood, community, city areas beautiful with the help of young children under the age of 16? Go to your local city recreation and public works offices to inquire about their Adopt-a-Path program. There you will find a great deal of information on how to adopt a certain path in your area. As was in the case of our situation they gave us three different paths in which to choose from. Because of having small children, I chose an area close to our home. In fact it’s about only a block away.
We must go to the area at least four times a year. We get to be with nature throughout every season, meet great people who use the path daily for exercise, getting the kids out for some fresh air or walking their dogs, and give back to our community that gives us so much. It is, without a doubt, one of the best family times we have had while living here in Oregon.
Even though there are times when it is hard work, we find pleasure in what is all around us. We have seen bald eagles up in their nests, deer running through meadows, beautiful sun rises and sun sets and multiple breeds of dogs. We have heard the most beautiful songs from birds and crickets. We have felt the sun on our backs, the rain on our face, and the chill in the winter air all while doing our part in our community. The payback is oh so sweet!!
Please don’t hesitate to go down to your local offices and find out what the Adopt-a-Path program is all about. Take the time to learn how you and your children can truly make a difference in your community.
Have fun, families!! Remember to Always Make the Most of Every Moment!
*Quoted information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adopt_a_Highway