Several stories in the paper this week make us thankful for life's lessons.
We're interested in a coffee can filled with newspapers behind a wall near Hanford's D Reactor. It was a time capsule of sorts.
It caught our attention because 1) it was found, when it could have easily been destroyed; 2) someone thought the happenings of their day would be of interest to someone in the future; and 3) their communication of choice was newspapers.
We take three little life lessons from that coffee can.
One, we probably miss some of life's richness every day by just not paying attention.
Two, down the road people actually may be interested in what seems to us to be our dull little lives. Keep a journal or record of some kind.
Three, we doubt you can put your iPad in a coffee can for more than 50 years and expect it to be usable when it comes out.
There's a lovely joint venture going on between the city of Kennewick and the Master Gardeners -- a community garden.
As a general rule, our society has become removed from our food source. Too many of us get our food from boxes and cans without ever pulling a weed.
Also, as a general rule, we don't get enough fresh food or air or sunshine in our day.
In theory, gardening will help with all of that.
The big hope for success in this project is the presence of the Master Gardeners. Their expertise and tutelage will change this from being a few seeds in the ground to a food-bearing, knowledge-sharing project.
And there are tons of life's lessons in a garden -- everything from planting to weeding to harvest.
There also is plenty we can learn from the Sandhill cranes. We doubt they check the calendar on their Blackberry or program Othello into their GPS, but they keep showing up, on time, every year.
Ah, that humans were so dependable.
The second life lesson, though, actually has to do with humans and their amazing resilience.
The Othello festival was on the ropes a few years back. Longtime organizers were suffering from volunteer fatigue.
For a short time it looked like the festival would become extinct.
But it rallied.
The community came together and preserved its event.
So here's a lesson from the birds. Birds fly in a V-formation. The lead bird creates a draft for the following birds. It's tiring. After a while the lead bird drops back and another bird shoulders the burden.
We live in an area with lots of community events. It takes a ton of leadership and even more volunteers. We're grateful for those who lead ... and follow.
New disc golf course
Another interesting development is the new disc golf course in Richland. Drivers along Columbia Park on Highway 240 often can see disc golfers at the west end of the park. Now they'll be able to see them at James Lawless Park (off Wellhouse Loop Road) in Richland.
It seems to be a good use of that land. The course opened this week and will be re-evaluated at the end of the year.
The life lesson: If you don't ask, the answer is always "no."