we were a bit grumbling when told that the company is having a tree planting activity as part of this year’s anniversary, which by the way happened two months ago. alright, so we were not keen on waking up early on a holiday and trooping into the forests of the la mesa area instead of basking in the coolness of our sheets in bed. i also wanted to prepare for mischa’s baptism for the next day and had a lot of tasks planned, including picking up my in-laws and being pampered. but noooo! as this activity has been ordered by the big boss, we had no choice but to present ourselves and be a warrior of the environment for the day. it’s really not that bad considering the output would be additional trees for our children and their children.
we were picked up somewhere in the quezon city hall area on the way to the planting site. a filling breakfast was provided to liven us up. then off we went into the shade of the big trees and trudged on the moist earth, soiling my new white cons (why oh why did i choose to buy that and wear it that!) along the way. the hike took longer than the actual planting. although we were sweaty and panting midway into the trudge, it was really nice to be in the quiet cool. such a pleasant change from the hustle and bustle of the city. and mind you, we were in the middle of urban, crowded and loud quezon city. thank God it wasn’t too hot.
so excited were some of my colleagues as soon as they reached the area of the pre-dug earth awaiting our plants that they planted most of the saplings they can get their hands on, leaving few to those who were at the back of the pack. i only managed to sow only one. but i was nevertheless happy and proud to have done it. we are all aware of the problems besetting mother earth and the environment so it feels good to have done even your littlest part.