Once upon a time, our daycare needed some work done- some little jobs and some not so little jobs. We decided to put a message on the Salt Spring Exchange and ask if there was anyone in our community who could help us…. and along came Doug. Once we talked and made sure he was the right guy for the job, Doug began to help look after The Frog. He fixed our banister and raked our leaves, he fixed our toilets and mowed our lawn, he planted grass and fixed our lights…. he did so many jobs we couldn’t even name them all! He became our HERO!
Most of the time Doug comes and works his magic when we aren’t here, so we come back to Tree Frog and find things better than we left them.
One Friday morning he brought a big load of dirt in his truck to put down before he planted new grass. We were very interested in what he was doing so we gathered up shovels and pails and asked if we could help empty it all out- and everyone worked together for a long time (Doug is also very patient) to empty his truck. It was really fun for everyone to be a part of the work to grow our lawn.
When we came back after Father’s Day weekend, we found that the hanging baskets on our porch were filled with beautiful flower that Doug’s daughter planted after he brought her to show her his daycare. Those flowers were so cheerful and made everyone smile when they arrived at Tree Frog in the morning! Even now in October, some of them are still flowering. Through all of the work Doug has done for us, Tree Frog is not only a safer place for us to be, but also a prettier one!
For a long time now, one of the things we like to say is that “Great communities grow great kids!” and Doug has shown us a lot about how to be a really great part of our community. He has shown us how to help out when you can. He has taught us about how much happiness you can share by taking care of others. And he has taught us about how good it feels to do special things to say thank you to the people you appreciate! We love our Doug and are so grateful that he is a part of helping Tree Frog kids learn the value and importance of being part of a community.