Saturday, August 29, 2009
The Greenhabilitator Takes on Her Family First
Musings from The Greenhabilitator...
As I step out of the Booth for the first time, wearing my hand sewn cape made from a thrift store table cloth, I debate what the topic of my first post here should be.
I could tell you how sublimely green I am -- like how I can my own vegetables, or how my husband built our greenhouse this Spring from scrap lumber. But the truth is things never go quite according to plan in our household. You see, said greenhouse wasn't built with proper ventilation. The inside has been about eight thousand degrees all summer long, so we haven't actually been able to use it. Duh. And the animals ate our entire garden not once, but TWO times this summer. (I hope all of those hot peppers burned a hole right through them!) So my "harvest" thus far has consisted of one single green bean. The vegetables I've been canning are actually from the farmer's market.
Yes, even green superheroes fail sometimes. We get offtrack. We get busy and pick up GoGurt for our kids at the grocery store, because it's so darn convenient. We see something so stinkin' cute and buy it just because we want it! You gotta problem with that?
I've never completely fallen off the green wagon. You won't catch me guzzling bottled water or using pesticides in my garden or driving a Hummer. As people who have been through some sort of rehab will tell you though, you have to keep working at it. There's never a point where you stop and say "I'm cured!" Sometimes you even go back into rehab just to solidify your direction when you feel you might be going astray.
The same is true for the greenhabilitation of our lives. And what better way to get back to basics than with a compact? I feel as if a compact (that's not buying new things, if you're not familiar) is sort of a fast for environmentalists. Or what we used to call a "revival" when I was growing up in the bible belt. It can be almost painful at times, but it reminds you of what is really important in life, what is needed versus wanted, and it stimulates your creativity as well.
Call me crazy for doing this as we enter the holiday season but if anyone can do it it's The Greenhabilitator!
Will our superhero be able to resist the Target clearance rack? Will she plan far enough ahead to make Christmas gifts for everyone on her list? Stay tuned as The Greenhabilitator embarks on this restorative process.