Just a few non-essentials for a carefree walk under the cherry blossoms. Maybe there would even be an extra hour to do a little plein air painting beneath the dancing branches. In make-believe there’s no such thing as paint-splattered whites and even in real life, who cares? We could all use a little rainbow now and again.
Overalls because more pockets = more places to bring stuff along.
A crushable hat for sun protection.
A mesh bomber, in case of cool breezes.
plus set of travel paint brushes,
A perfect indigo and cream bandana for wrapping things up in.
Canvas high tops, with no city grime baked into them yet.
In an effort to ground this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few other things to support:
Calling all city gardeners, if you’re in need of potting soil or compost, consider the Lower East Side Ecology Center. They sell their compost and potting soil three days a week at the Union Square Farmer’s Market and there are still a few dates available to sign up for their Free Big Apple compost distribution events this spring and summer.
If you spend a lot of time with kids, or even if you don’t, this helpful if harrowing Guide to Climate Change from the New York Times might prove helpful for broaching a critical conversation.
If you live in New York City, take 30 seconds to sign the petition to Save GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Programs.