Monday, October 15, 2007

So Busted!


It was toward the end of pick-up time at the kids’ school. The older kids had been out for about 20 minutes. The afternoon kindergartners – youngest son included – had been let out of class for five, six minutes. Youngest was running around with a couple of mates. The last remaining afternoon kindergartener was looking forlorn, sitting alone on the bench while the teachers wondered what to do with him next.

Into the traffic circle pulled his dad in a belching, full-size pick-up truck. It was a man’s truck, jacked up to be higher off the ground. The father jumped out, and went to grab the kid. He left the truck chugging away.

Also witnessing the scene was a woman whose face contorted in horror. Truly, she looked like she had seen something horrid. We made eye contact, and she stated how she could not believe this man. Why the need for such a huge vehicle? Look in the parking lot and you’ll see the disregard for the environment so many of the parents had. Had I heard the NPR story about this? Did I know that America would soon fall to pieces because of this? Had I seen the Hummer? A Hummer!

I nodded agreement with her on everything. I murmured sweet acquiescence. I was empathetic. I, like her, was shocked. Shocked, I say, shocked! We were kindred spirits.

She went off with her son, walking who knows how many miles to get home so she could do her small part. She left with the knowledge that there was at least one other parent at the school who saw things her way.

I waited five minutes before I rounded up the youngest and headed to our behemoth of a vehicle. I didn’t want to chance that she’d see me and know the inconvenient truth about me.

[We’re starting a Curb Your Carbon program at the kids’ school today. This week, we’re giving away compact fluorescent light bulbs. Did you know that by replacing just two incandescent light bulbs with the CFLs, you will stop more than 350 pounds of carbon from being produced? At out house, we’ve already replaced more than half of the bulbs in our house. We just need to find some purty ones for the bathroom fixtures. Stay tuned for more environmental minutes!]

14 comments:

WorksForMom said...

I loved this Patois. I know exactly the manly truck you speak of. Isn't it just *something*. Great tip on the bulbs. We know our carbon footprint and we have a long way to go.

Marla Fields said...
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HotMama said...

Did you also know that here in "environmentally-conscientious" Marin County we leave a carbon footprint five times bigger than the national average? If all people used resources the way we do here in Marin, we would need five earths to sustain us. Be sure to relay that tidbit to Hummer Dad when you next see him.

Heidi Hyde said...

Patois-
Good post. We can't do it all- but we can all do our part right? ;)

-HH

Mango Marie said...

We all need to do something...even a little something so easy as a light bulb.

Great post.

chichimama said...

Yep, for all my green attempts, I so heart my SUV. But the next one will be a hybrid, I swear :-).

Great post. We've swapped out a bunch of light bulbs, need to do some more.

Linda said...

If I could afford a hybrid I'd get one but alas, I just don't have the finances to get one. So, instead, I buy better light bulbs and hope for the best!

bubandpie said...

Fantastic story - I wasn't sure which way it was going to go, and the ending made me grin.

ana said...

Great post, we all need a little more awareness to save the world. If each of us does his/her part, it would all add up to make a great difference....

Also, thanks for the wishes, my appointment went better than I had expected it to.

mitzh said...

What heidi hyde said...

Beck said...

Hee. This story made me laugh.
We have a minivan - there are too many of us to cram into a smaller vehicle - but we don't drive that much so I don't know how it all ends up balancing out.

Jolene said...

I can't say much either cuz my husband drives a Ford F150. Really can't help but have a truck around here. You saw the photos of his camp. There would be no way of getting two miles up the mountain without it.

I just don't get why people would want a Hummer with the price of gas these day (environmental issues aside).

Alpha DogMa said...

We have a kick ass SUV. Yes, it is huge but we need the big engine for hauling the camper, and during the winter we need the four wheel drive (it REALLY snows here). Interesting to note: in all our off road adventuring and camping I have never once seen a Hummer. I only see them in the city on paved roads.

I'm so cyncial about the CFBs. I keep buying them, but I do NOT believe the hype about their long life.

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