You know you put 2 socks in the washing machine so why is it only 1 comes out? One of life's big mysteries. So when I opened Week 3's Get Back Outside email and read "Sprout your socks", the first thing I thought was that clever David Suzuki managed to figure out how to grow socks!
All kidding aside, "Sprout a Sock" is not about growing socks (would be nice though). The challenge was intended to spark a conversation about decomposing and collecting natures seeds. For this challenge all that was needed was old socks and a plastic bag. It was not hard finding an old spare sock. In fact I found 4 different white socks who were all missing their partner.
Now all I needed was feet! I have done some crazy ridiculous things just to get outside but never, NEVER have I worn a sock over my shoe. How I go the rest of my crew to do it is beyond me.
With sock on we hit our local trails for a family run. The funniest thing was watching Ben. Apparently wearing one sock brought out the goofball in him. His leg went this way and that way…in ways I never thought it could bend!
Eventually, after much laughter, our socks were dirty and ready to sprout! We placed them in a plastic bag with some water and set the bag in a sunny place. The kids checked the socks everyday which sparked lively conversations about rotting and composting. Sadly, after 5 days of checking, praying, and hoping our socks would sprout we had to admit defeat.
There was one important thing missing in our quest to sprout a sock. We live on Vancouver Island and sometimes the sun does not shine. After a week all it grew was an odor.
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