In honor of Earth day, I thought it would be a good self-reminder to blog about something that I don’t usually touch on. Being green.
Okay…so here’s my confession…I am not green. Not even close. I would throw a disposable diaper on the hiney of my child faster than Tiger would hit on every girl at a Playboy party. And I wouldn’t buy a rain barrel mostly because they remind me of kegs sitting outside a trailer park doublewide. And I drive an SUV gas guzzler. And I love long showers with water as hot as it can get. So there…I admit it…I ain’t green.
BUT (and this here is one big BUT)…BUT…I believe that this world is a gift. A gift from God that is our responsibility to take care of. It is one of a kind. It is precious. and sacred. it is where Adam & Eve walked. it is where God made the Grand Canyon, and the coral reef, and the home of countless creatures. it is where my Jesus came and sailed and prayed. So it is something that I should give more thought to…more effort towards. I don’t think that it means we can’t chop down a tree that might fall on your house…and I don’t think there is a cosmic tally of things you did to help the earth replenish vs. the ounces of pollution you created. I simply think that personally I need to participate in responsibility. I need to initiate a bit of effort. Not just for the sake of our children, or for the sake of the earth, but for the sake of being good. being mature. being a servant.
This may not make sense to another human on the planet…but this is my reasoning, crazy hairbrained as it may be, for being a little more green. And in my heart I know little steps are just as important as big ones. And these are my little first steps. I chose five little things that I can do this year that will be good green habits for me to have…and hopefully next year I can create a new list…and so on and so forth. Here is my green initiative list:
Picking up trash along the creek and when we trek into the woods and when we go to the playground may not sound like a big deal…but the fact is, there is trash out there and nobody is picking it up. A compost pile is a great way to eliminate the amount of waste we create. Growing up we had one…and the grossiest chore was turning it. Hopefully I can relegate that task to Jeremy. I love planting stuff. It’s in my soul. That one will be easy. The plastic bags that I get at Walmart and Kroger and Publix can all be recycled…instead of taking up space in our pantry. I have reusable bags but inevitably run out. And the last one is not necessarily as green as recycling or reusing or waterbarreling…but the more you use a place the more you want to keep it nice. Enough said.