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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Green

Over the past few months, I have been trying to teach my son the importance of “being green.” At roughly three years old, he understands that the trash does not all go into the same can. He also is aware that he should not use an endless supply of Kleenex as “trash” when playing with his garbage trucks or let the water run continuously as he washes his play pots and pans. Teaching him about conservation is good not only for the environment, but also for our bank account.

I have been feeling pretty good about my role as a parent lately, thinking that G is WAY ahead of his peers when it comes to understanding and appreciating these issues. Yesterday, however, I finally realized how very true this is.

For the past few weeks, I have been convinced that there is something wrong with our dishwasher. The silverware simply does not comes out clean. At first, I naturally assumed that my husband was at fault. Although he has received numerous tutorials on the proper technique for loading and unloading the dishwasher, perhaps he was in need of a refresher course. After an intense question and answer session between the two of us, I deduced that this was not the case.

I later thought that my daughter’s tendency to lick the silverware before I have a chance to upload the bottom dish rack completely may be at fault. While this is definitely true, it still did not account for the utterly dirty, yogurt looking spoons that I find in our silverware drawer.

Yesterday, it all came together for me. As I stood at the kitchen counter cleaning up breakfast, G trotted into the kitchen and put his used silverware back into the drawer. “What are you doing?” I shrieked. He looked at me, confused. “Mama, I’m all done eatin’. I am re-cycle-cling.”

It’s not easy being green….

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Anonymous said...

That happened to me too last year. I thought I was losing my mind! Gosh they're cute aren't they??

wendy said...

oh I love that. I love that he's trying to be good & mystery solved.

Tulip Row said...

I love the naturally assuming your husband is at fault, line!

Bek said...

That's funny. :) When I told Anna (5) that her class was doing a field trip called: "Butterflies: The Story Of A Life Cycle" she told me, "I bet I know what that's about. It must be about butterflies who recycle."

amanda said...

super cute story. how 'helpful'. lol

forever folding laundry said...

Ha!! Such a great helper. I laughed about L licking the silverware before it gets to the drawer. Avery likes to 'help' with that as well.

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Stephanie said...

OMG! I am laughing so hard right now. I can totally see my kids doing that. LOL!

Helene said...

That is so cute!! I guess he's got the concept down, even if it caused you to wonder what the heck was going on with your dishwasher!!

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm in Northern CA too!!

Jill @ Sneaky Momma said...

What a cute story. Absolutely hilarious! I'm sure your child will tire of hearing that one in the future!
Great video find! One of my all time favorites.
Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

*Monica said...

That was hilarious. What a big helper!! I always say that I don't know why people with kids watch tv. The kids are so much more entertaining!

Thanks for the nice comment today. :-)

Laura said...

You crack me up! It's been hard to convince the young'un not to flush the toilet five times so she doesn't waste water...I'm impressed you got through to your boy!