Friday, October 28, 2011

Even Eco-Heroes Need a Sabbatical...

Wherein SustainaMom hangs up her cape....

I love this blog. I love the bloggers here, and I love the readers and all of your comments. I have learned so much by being a part of the green blogging community, and it saddens me that I need to take a break from blogging.

Ironically, I need to stop blogging for the same reason that led me to this community in the first place.

I began a personal green blog in the spring of 2008. I had been reading about toxins in our homes. It all started when my son's feeding issue was diagnosed. His occupational therapist said the feeding issue was related to sensory integration dysfunction. So I read quite a lot about sensory integration dysfunction. I read how it might be related to toxins in our homes. So I read quite a bit about toxins in our homes. I was determined to eliminate these dangers from my home. I wanted to create a healthier environment for my family.

After a couple of months of reading about healthier homes, I wanted to share everything I was reading with family and friends and any one else who worried about toxins in our homes. So I began blogging. In the three years since I started that (now-defunct) blog, I've learned so much about creating a safe home for my family — and I've also learned to lessen my impact on the environment and to consider global implications of purchases, my thermostat level and the number of miles I drive.

While I see everything through a green lens now, I know I have so many more steps to take in my green journey. But this won't be the year that I research which apple trees to plant or even improve my knitting. My son's sensory issues are creating new challenges, and they are consuming all of my spare time for research. I've pulled out all of my books about sensory integration dysfunction and I'm reading them with a view beyond the feeding challenges and I see how much I've missed. I see how his quirks are part of a bigger picture and his sometimes-challenging behavior could be a sign of something beyond 5-year-old rebellion.

Just as I immersed myself in green books and green blogs, I need to immerse myself in the books and blogs — and doctor's appointments — that help me understand what my son needs. So I'm stepping out of the Green Phone Booth, sans cape. I'll be in the kitchen, tempting my son with new foods. I'll be at parent-teacher conferences, advocating for my child. I'll be at the library, reading about sensory diets. I'll be doing all the things that good moms try to do. I'll still be agonizing over decisions about plastic, cleaning with vinegar, and planting a garden. I just won't be staying up late to write about these things.

As I leave the Green Phone Booth, I want to thank the ladies of the Booth for their inspiration, and I want to thank the commenters who've helped me this past year. From recommendations for new foods to offer my son to information about the Feingold diet, you've been a source of great information and encouragement. I've needed both. Thank you!


8 comments:

Rosa said...

I've really enjoyed your posts - but I have a ton of sympathy. I quit my job to handle doctor's appointments, PT, conferences, etc. The investment you make now will make a difference for the rest of your son's life.

becki said...

I hope that all goes well with your son.

Alice said...

We'll miss you!! The sign of a true superhero is when they recognize where the real work needs to be done in their life. Best of luck with the little guy and stay in touch. xo!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

So sad to see you go, but since my brother lives in Atlanta, you might be the one Boother I get to meet in real life someday. Good luck with your son!

SustainaMom said...

Rosa, I'm sorry for whatever the cause of your appointments & therapy. I hope things are going well. Thank you for the encouragement.

Becki, Thank you. He's doing okay. There just seems to be something about large groups (school) that overwhelms him.

Alice, Thank you! Your comment made me tear up!

Erin, Thank you — and thank you for your emails in the past, too. I very much appreciate it. And I would love to meet you and your family!

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

Sustainamom, I wish you well and hope to see you around often.

robbie @ going green mama said...

We'll miss having you around, but family always comes first. I hope you find the answers you're looking for!!

Green Bean said...

It has been so great having you as a regular here at the Booth but family must always come first. Take good care of your son and yourself and make sure to come back and visit.

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