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Day 13 of Daily Footprint Project. I am amazed at the change. The desire to shop has totally left me.

Nurturing In a Consumerist Culture

What has not stopped, is the need to nurture my children. My daughter is sixteen. And I still want to indulge her with sweetness, once in a while. She resists, she pushes me away, she is an independent soul who wants to fly away from the nest. ‘I’ve got a life’ is one of her favorite phrases . Other than making food for her, one of the few concrete ways, that I can still give to her, is to go shopping with her.

Today, was the Green Festival in San Francisco. May she come with me, and bring some of her friends along, to go look for a party dress, she wondered? Four girls and I all got into the Prius, and off we were. I, to my green event, they, to the downtown mall. She called to ask me, should she get the $140 dress or the $240 one. The most expensive one was the right color, but then she wondered, that was a lot of money. I met her and her friends, back at the mall. Happy, with their hands full of shopping bags. I was happy too. Four teenage girls, giggling away, marveling at their purchases, and entertaining me with their small talk on the way back in the car. It had been a while, since I had enjoyed such lightness.

Of course, I ask myself the question, could I find other ways to share moments with my daughter? and to give to her? I can hear the voices of some of my 100% green friends. You should . . . , you should . . . , each one with a different idea, a different version of how they were able to pull it off with their own children. Sweet moments with their sixteen year old that did not blemish their green conscience. I know, and I wish I could do the same. Right now, it is not so easy.

Daily Footprint Project
Daily Log
Day #13

Water

personal:
flush toilet 3
wash face 2
brush teeth 2
wash hands 4
shower 1
mom:
rinse dishes
communal:

Electricity/gas

personal:
electric toothbrush 2
microwave tea 2’
microwave oatmeal 4’
laptop on half day
mom:
communal:
lights
cook crepes on stove

Food

personal:
oatmeal with organic milk
organic persimmons
tea
organic milk
falafel wrap at Green Festival
water in recyclable plastic cup
dinner out at friends’ house
mom:
crepes
gave money to the kids to get their own dinner
communal:

Waste

personal:
toilet paper
mom:
communal:
3 newspaper plastic wrappers

Recycling

personal:
mom:
two shopping bags from expedition
paper magazines and flyers from Green Festival
communal:
2 papers

Transportation

personal:
mom:
communal:
drive to San Francisco 72 miles

Non food shopping

personal:
mom:
two dresses, made in?
communal:
flowers from Whole Foods for dinner host

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