Wednesday, March 4, 2009

So easy, even a 4-year old can do it

A wondering from the EcoWonder...

I've been sick all week, my once per year flu that knocks me out, takes me down and puts me right out of commission. I am lucky, I really don't get sick often, but for some reason when I do, I go down hard. That means things get a little dicey here at home.

Laundry backs up with six people wearing clothes and no one washing them. The dog fur is piling up under the dining room table and I'm beginning to wonder if some of those strange lumps might be a hamster someone is hiding from me. I have given my boys lunch money this week, foregoing the packing of lunches every day (nachos anyone?!?). My husband has been bringing me Won Ton soup from the Chinese place on the corner - in plastic tubs. Guess what? I don't care...

I mean, I care, but I just don't have the energy to do much about it. My husband washed and saved the plastic tubs from the Chinese place and they're now added to the "cabinet of plastic". My husband convinced me that the empty tissue boxes filled with used tissues can certainly be recycled, why not, it's just snot? Umm? Ewww, but OK then if he's in charge. He also tells me the boys are going to be just fine eating nachos and burgers for lunch for a few days. And even my four year old is pitching in.

Yesterday he came home from preschool and wanted a snack. Sure, I said. He helped himself to a box of Annie's Cheddar Bunnies from the pantry. There wasn't many left in the box, so he polished off the bunnies and went about his afternoon playing matchbox cars on the floor in my room while I rested.

Later in the day, I managed to get myself from my bed into the kitchen to turn on the oven in preparation for dinner. Sitting on the counter, in the spot where we collect recycling, was the Annie's box, broken down flat and ready for the recycling bin. Even the interior bag had been removed and thrown out. This job was done by a four year old who considers recycling just a part of everyday life, something that's done without even thinking about it.

Now, I am going back to bed with my Won Ton soup and some apple juice. And yes, I'm letting my son take the plastic containers out to the recycling bin. I guess he can do it! Being sick is a good lesson for me, Mom doesn't always have to be in charge, sometimes things are just fine when Dad (or a 4-year old) takes the reins. Maybe I should get "sick" more often? This isn't too bad!

10 comments:

organicneedle said...

I always love when I see my little guys in their green mode. Whenever my husband goes to throw out or even recycle an interesting looking container my 5 year old stops him and gives him a list of possible reuses. Hopefully conservation will just be second nature to their generation. Hope you feel better soon.

JAM said...

Feel better soon! I crave Chinese soup when I'm sick too. Now if you can just train those boys to do wash and hang it up, you'll be all set!

Willo said...

I hope you feel better soon! Way to go for your little guy. Not only is he showing you he is able to do it himself, but also what a great example you've been. Every time my 3 year-old puts his kleenex, banana peel, etc in the compost in brings a proud smile to my face!

Green Bean said...

Woohoo for the little Burban Boy. It is so wonderful to see these habits crop up in our family members - big and small.

Feel better soon.

suzannah said...

aww, feel better soon. how great to see you little (and big) ones pitching in:)

Donna said...

Yesterday my 4-year-old and I were talking about how we were going to run out of oil someday. He thought about it for a while, and then he said he was going to run around and tell everybody to use less oil! I love it.

Strawberry Girl said...

It's funny, the flu's been hitting me harder ever since I started to eat better. I had it last week, yuck!! I say Good Job! For your little guy's eco awareness. :0)

scifichick said...

I hope you feel better soon! It's nice when everyone pitches in when you are sick. Now, if only you could train them to do the same when you are not :) It's nice to have help.

Green Resolutions said...

So proud of your little one! Feel better soon :)

Lisa Sharp said...

Hope you are feeling better but that is really cute!

When I was 2 my dad went to throw away my baby food jar and I told him "no daddy we cycle." hehe

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