First of all, thank you to JessTrev & all the Green Superheroes here at the Green Phone Booth for the warm welcome, I am happy to be here!
Awhile back, I stopped blogging. Not because I wanted to, but I simply ran out of time. My scattered, somewhat unorganized last few posts on EcoBurban were a good indicator I was running out of steam. I hadn’t run out of things to say, I still had plenty to say. The economy had me pinned down, I couldn’t breathe, I was struggling to find balance. Going back to a full time career with four boys at home had me beat. I gave up the fight.
And then, I got an email. From a green superhero. I was busted. Sooo busted. If I answered the call to join this superhero and her caped crusading friends, it would mean ‘fessing up. I would have to admit that I hadn’t finished what I had started. I let life get in the way of being green. I have a snack bin full of individually wrapped granola bars for my hungry boys to devour after school, my refrigerator holds little tubes of yogurt and string cheese for packing lunches, my dryer hums constantly after work drying loads of laundry I wish I had time to hang instead. I told the superhero my story, certain I wasn’t qualified to wear a green cape, but she insisted my shade of green was just as good as any other.
We’ve still held on to some of our green habits, the really easy and affordable ones anyway. Paper towels are out, dishtowels are in. Recycling is easy, packing homemade lunches much cheaper and turning the heat down even further down means more money in the bank. We asked for zoo and museum memberships for Christmas and we pass on expensive dinners out. Sometimes being green is cheap and easy, other times it is not.
Sure, we can dream of building expensive raised garden beds to grow our own food or getting that fancy under the counter composter to make our own dirt. We wish we had both the time and the resources to tackle a CSA or take part in a community garden. Sometimes I am too tired to catch the shower warm up water, make a meal from scratch or search 17 thrift stores for the perfect black work skirt when I know the Gap at the corner has one on sale and in my size. Today my library books are overdue, I let my four year old take a sudsy hot bath with water all the way to his chin and my boys ate nachos and Gatorade from the school lunch line.
There, that’s it. My dirty, working mom, not-very-green secrets. OK, so there’s more, lots more… But, with your help, I hope to continue to make changes - one day at a time.
Today I’m donning a green cape (OK, so if I actually had a cape, it would probably be some sort of lime green shade, found on the clearance rack at Nordstrom, but it would be organic cotton... I try, I really do! ) and I’m ready to take on the next challenge. The EcoBurban Mom officially has become a superhero - The EcoWonder.
The EcoWonder is a different kind of green superhero. She might throw a yogurt tube in your lunchbox, but she will be the first in line to organize a recycling program for the Little League. She’s been known to bang out 6 loads of laundry in 3 hours - yes, using her high efficiency washer and dryer but with local, handmade, biodegradable laundry soap. She’s not perfect, but she’s juggling 4 kids, a full time career and still trying to find a little time to make a difference on this planet. She’s great at making compromises and understands that the journey you started sometimes comes to a fork in the road.
When I came to that fork in the road, the Green Phone Booth was there at the corner, waiting for me to leave EcoBurban behind and continue on my journey as The EcoWonder. Catch my random thoughts, rants and musings here at the Green Phone Booth each week, together we can finish what we started. I'm looking forward to being part of this wonderful group of green superheroes!