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.


Green Bean said...

That's funny about the Compact being some sort of fast for environmentalists. You're on to something, I think. Like you, I never completely fall off the bandwagon but my green-ness ebbs and flows and every now and then I remind myself that I need a kick in the pants . . . or, as you call it, a little Greenhab.

Truffula Mama said...

Welcome to the 'Booth!

I proudly confess that I went to Target this morning... to return shoes we'd bought for a TruffulaKid. Reason for the return? I discovered that we already had a pair in the desired size, saved from his older brother. True, my eyes did not avert as I entered the store, straining for a glimpse of the goodies inside. But, as soon as we were finished with our transaction, we marched firmly back outside. Bring on the Greenhab!

daharja said...

Hi Kellie - It's great to have another writer at the Booth to read and learn from :-)

I think we're all of us trying to do a little better, bit by bit, at being green. And sometimes we don't live up to our own tough standards. But that's because our standards are high, not because what we do is bad or weak.

You're trying to make a difference for yourself, your family, and for the world. That puts you in the Superhero Class, even if you slide back a little sometimes. Hey, even Superman had his off moments!

By sharing your ups and downs with us at the Booth here, you're helping to make a difference not just in your own life, but in the lives of people like me, halfway around the world (in New Zealand), who you don't even know.

That's the point at which "greeniosity" becomes viral, and we really do start to make a difference.

Sharing knowledge makes knowledge powerful. We create change, and become change, when we share it with others.

So I guess what I'm trying to say, in a really long-winded and not very efficient way (darn that "efficient" stuff we all have to do/be!) is welcome.

And thanks for sharing :-)

Daharja (Cluttercut)

Daisy said...

I haven't gone the total green route for gifts, but I did vow to give up gift wrap. I will buy no more wrapping paper!! It's wasteful, expensive, not recyclable, not biodegradable, I can'at burn it in the fireplace... yada, yada, yada. I'm now reusing gift bags, wrapping in cloth napkins, getting artistic with packaging materials, etc. I feel much more eco-conscious.

Over Coffee - the green edition said...

Good Luck! We will be cheering you on.


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