Saturday, September 03, 2011

I'm not sure what that means...

This morning, after changing a very pee-soaked Monkey Man and his bedding (our newest cloth diaper challenge: he leaks up the front when falls asleep on his tummy... but that's another post), I decided it was finally time to sort out our recycling. It was kind of overflowing. Or very overflowing.

It's been nice to have a recycling center just down the road. I grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, and in the frigid liberal north, I was used to recycling being standard practice. The bin came with the house and everything. The city picked it up on the same day as the garbage.

Down here, we're still dealing with how to keep litter levels down, much less making recycling standard. That kind of thing is for crazy tree-huggers.* So when I moved here, I found recycling centers few and far-between and hard to get to on a regular basis and home pick-up service more expensive than my intern salary allowed for. After a while, I gave in and embraced local culture and stopped recycling.

Until we moved into our new apartment and there is a recycling center about three blocks down the road! Granted it's still all separated, but it's a start. So we've returned to recycling:

As I finished, I was mentioning to Jon that I could feel good about it, even beyond recycling, because I had removed all the pop tabs to donate and had found a "Feeding America" donation code. I was pretty excited that I had made a difference with such a simple chore.

Jon's response: "Wow, you're turning into, like, a professional mom!" I'm not really sure what that means. But I think I like it.

And geek that I am, while Gavrel sits in his highchair and watches, I'm dreaming about the day that I can pass this chore off to him - maybe turn it into a school activity. You know, sorting and counting everything in preschool/kindergarten, adding up the amount of money donated through pop tabs in second or third grade. These are the kinds of things I fantasize about.

I've always wanted to be a professional mom!

*Kdbug's Note: I say these things toungue-in-cheek. I'm all for recycling AND I enjoy my new southern home. I do also like to poke fun at some of the cultural difference.


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