Saturday, May 9, 2009

Changes

When we think about making changes within our family to be more environmentally friendly i know that we have to make those changes one step at a time. My sister and i talk about this a lot, the idea that you can not necessarily make all the changes at once. You make gradual changes, that way you are not totally overwhelmed. SO over time we have made some, like cloth instead of paper napkins, lots of recycling, washing and reusing plastic storage bags, hanging clothes on the line, using no phosphate in detergents and a few more. But this is our latest change. We got rid of our emission making lawnmower and now are the proud owners of this beauty...a push mower.

We don't have a very big lawn, so that helped when making this change. Even better, the kids can help mow the lawn! I love this bottom picture of Mitchell. He looks so concerned about all the clippings in the bag. It makes this great whirring sound when you push it. I must admit that it was fun to use. Chris was laughing at me as i was jogging across the lawn with it. It is good to be able to teach this to my kids. They are very aware of their environment and nature and we had a long conversation in the car the other night about how we can stop pollution. The conversation was brought on by one of them asking ,"what can i do to make pollution go away?", after we had smelled a stinky car and mitch wanted to know if that was pollution he could see coming out of cars....my basic answer was this, that we should just start by making the little changes and if we all do that someday it will add up to big changes and maybe we can be part of the difference. Now Mitchell says he is the nature police...aka ranger.
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2 comments:

Colleen said...

Love it, but I don't suppose we'll be getting one any time soon. Can you imagine mowing my lawn with that?! Ugh. I'll have to find something else to change.

MaryMary said...

Good for you Leslie--and you get a sweet little workout. Or better yet--the kids can mow? They will NEVER get tired of that I'm sure. :)

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