Southside Baptist kids planted a Ginko Biloba were tree at Pippen Park near the Footprints in the Sand Statue on Saturday, April 30. Those present were Lynn Getsay, a deacon at Southside; Peggy Hill; Kirby Hill; Nicki Ortigo, Sarah and Rebekah Ortigo; and Brooklyn Morris.

Upon arrival at the park, Hill took the kids on a tour of the Footprints in the Sand monument. Rebekah read the poem for the group. Hill explained to them that they were looking at the front of the statue even though the statue was facing away from them. He then asked them why the artist would arrange the statue as he did. Brooklyn Morris understood right away! She said “It’s because the poem is about the footprints, not Jesus carrying the man!”

The group then went to the tabernacle to plant the tree. Hill explained to the children that God created the world and placed people in the world to rule over it and to take care of it. He explained that this little tree would “breathe in” carbon dioxide and “breathe out” oxygen. He also explained that humans need fresh oxygen to live.

The kids also found out that the tree they were planting is very special. At one time there were many kinds of Ginko trees, but almost all the Ginko varieties died out except a few in China. Ginko trees can be male or female. Hill explained to the children that they were planting a boy tree. Nicki asked Hill how he knew it was a boy, and he said that the only way he knew it was a boy tree was because the company that sold the tree told him so. He also explained that the girl trees produce lots of fruit, so it’s not suitable to be planted near a sidewalk or tabernacle, but that they do make beautiful flowers and that they might later purchase a girl tree to be put somewhere else in the park.

One of the kids said “If it is a boy tree, we should name it Bobby.” So they all agreed that Bobby would make a good name for the tree.

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