Monday, October 15, 2007

respect your mother

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day

Dear Mother Earth,

I am humbled by your majesty. The turning of the seasons, the rain and sun and wind, the natural wonders and all your creatures great and small. And yet I do not respect you. I do not respect you and I kick you in the shin. I use you. I climb your trees and walk on your mountains and breathe your air and swim in your oceans. And yet I do not respect you.

If I respected you I would not have bought those bananas today, bananas that came from Ecuador because bananas are all my child wants to eat and instead of teaching her to enjoy local produce I bought bananas that were shipped thousands of miles. My lack of discipline causes you to suffer.

If I respected you I would take public transportation. I have a million excuses about why I cannot take public transportation every day but the truth is I am weak, and my weakness causes you to suffer.

If I respected you I would grow my own food. I've tried to grow my own food in the past but I've become too busy and it's been too difficult to manage in the last few years. So I don't grow my own food because I am lazy and I don't prioritize well. My laziness causes you to suffer.

If I respected you I would never buy anything made of plastic. But I do buy things made of plastic, things that are often completely unnecessary like the plastic blocks I bought for M. She wanted them and I bought them. My lack of commitment causes you to suffer.

Forgive me mother, for I continue to sin. I continue to widen my footprint and live larger than I need to. I continue to blame others and point fingers and wait for Them to do Something. But something begins with me. I am sorry, Mother. I will miss the polar bears when they are gone and I will have no one to blame but myself. But I promise you yet again, one last confessional on the hill that I will try and try again to do right by you, to show you my respect.

There's a review up over at my other spot today too. A review of a product that comes in handy when I am taking long road trips. Forgive me, Mother, for the gas I waste on those long road trips. I am selfish and that selfishness causes you to suffer.

30 comments:

Ally said...

I agree with this letter, except for the part about you being lazy. From I can tell, you're anything but lazy. So maybe it's a matter of shifting energies and priorities. But I don't think it's lazy.

flutter said...

Exactly what Ally said

Casdok said...

I think you covered everything? Well written, a brill post.

Blog Antagonist said...

I was thinking about this yesterday. We went hiking at a local State Park. The water here is almost gone and it was pitiful to see the once lush and beautiful lake dry and dusty. It was sad and scary. And though this park is very well cared for, there is still garbage where it shouldn't be. Aluminum cans. Styrofoam paltes. Cigarette cartons.

People are killing the earth. It worries me. And yet, as you said, I contineu to leave my own gargantuan carbon footprint.

Gwen said...

I've been thinking about this lately, for several reasons, which I won't bother to clog your comments with, but what I've half concluded is that "Nature" doesn't care at all about us. We are not in a relationship with Her. She acts without any regard to "feelings" and "needs." So when humans are one of the species to become extinct during a relatively soon Mass Extinction, Mother Earth won't blink.

Kyla said...

Me too, me too.

crazymumma said...

I know. We are all up to our necks in the quicksand.

Jenny said...

Every day that I come here makes me a better person.

Excuse me while I go sort my recyclables.

Magpie said...

Lovely post, Jen. Beautifully written, and from the heart.

Janet said...

Hear, hear.

I was doing so well with the local produce for months. Now the bananas I bought on the weekend are giving me the evil eye from the fruit bowl.

We could all do better. The fact that you care so much, is a good start.

Cecilieaux said...

Excellent! Couldn't add a word to improve it. Just wanted to urge you on.

Mrs. Chicky said...

My footprint is about five people too wide. I'm a sinner of the highest degree. I'll try harder.

carrie said...

Exactly.

Kevin said...

Excellent. And, I am excited to see so many folks participating on Blog Action Day. It is encouraging.

Amy York said...

I like to think my family is gentler on the earth than most... But there is SO much more we could be doing. Should be doing. I make excuses why we can't today... but that's all they are. Just excuses. Shame on us. :(

Wayfarer Scientista said...

well written, well thought, Jen. And while I agree with Gwen that the earth will go on with us or without us that is why it's so important to us to respect her and treat her well, because we're the ones who will lose. Damn, I didn't realize that today was blogger action day. Oh well, next year.

cce said...

I think your pretty great in a lot of other ways, Jen. A lot of ways that make the rest of us recycling, local produce buying idiots look really, really bad. You take care of your fellow human. Let the rest of us worry about replacing our lightbulbs and breaking down our cardboard boxes. You've got other things on your mind.

ewe are here said...

I'm sorry, too, but, well, there you go...

Sigh.

KC said...

For some reason, this reminded me of The Giving Tree. And it always makes me sad at the end that it took so long to love and be happy.

slouching mom said...

What a lovely post.

Thank you.

I too need to do better.

mitzh said...

We all make mistakes, what really matters is how we make up for those mistakes.

Such a nice post.

We all need to do our part to give back something to her, she has given us so much.

painted maypole said...

great letter

Geneviève said...

...and if you respected her, you would not use your computer to relieve your scruples to a few dozen of people reading you.

Susanne said...

I think we don't need to do everything right all the time. Mother Earth still has quite big resources.

Redneck Mommy said...

I'm ashamed at my sinning capabilities. Sad when my global footprint is bigger than my arse.

Thanks for the gentle reminder to do better.

Lawyer Mama said...

Oh gosh, me too, Jen. Me too. Sigh.

Daniela said...

Amen sister!

Thank you for your beautiful post written in such a way we can all relate to.

Joanne said...

Wow, I love the personal touch you added to this Blog Action Day post. Bold and beautiful, it's a call to action and accountability in all of us....great job!

bgirl said...

simply gorgeous jen...you always inspire me.

JCK said...

I love the honesty and integrity in your post. I don't know you, but laziness doesn't seem to match how you come across. Thanks for the inspirational thoughts!