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Monday, May 25, 2009
It's not easy being Green
In fact, it's so hard that I have yet to meet someone who does it perfectly (except for that Thoreau guy, and it's not like we're on a close personal basis).
The ladies at my Wed "post-natal yoga" class all seem to be in varying degrees of green living (or pseudo hippie-dom). They talk about when they' ve moved the tabs on their bum-genius cloth diapers (um, yeah Holden did that a bit ago) and one lady's even EC-ing her child. (Holden and I tried this yesterday, it was awesome...he just pee'd on a towel at the pool.)
I was shopping at the grocery store the other day and looked down to discover a hogepodge of green products (and my canvas shopping bags, of course!) juxtaposed with those that were, um...not so green. So I'm thinking, Man, I am such a fake. I am like a 'convenient green'... I guess you could say if we're measuring social and eco consciousness on a color scale, I'm more of like a light-green... hmm, chartreuse if you will. But "chartruse" doesn't have quite the same stage appeal (or environmental impact for the good), now does it?
And wouldn't you know, in my search for more info about the woes of chlorine bleach (apparently dioxin is the kicker people - keep that stuff away from your babes!) after watching that crazy Clorox commercial where the mom's washing her kids sippy cups, bottles, toys etc in the stuff (Mama does not have the Magic of Clorox)...anyway, I came across this. It's a green-mommy from Canada (Darth Spencer - insert your favorite *Canuck joke...)
The article is worth a read; but in short, she talks about the contradictions in her life with living green over the stove as she's mixing up some Kraft mac and cheese with... (drum roll)... organic milk. And I thought, yes... this is my life. In a brilliant yet ever-so-tacky shade of altruistic chartreuse.
*Let the record show that I heart Canada. And we were ready to move there (or France) if last year's election results equated to the Bush Administration Part III: