My sweet 3 year old son is sleeping on the bathroom floor tonight. He complained of a tummy ache and I asked him if it was a hungry tummy ache or a throw up kind of tummy ache. He thought it was a throw up kind. So I made a little bed of towels for him on the floor of the bathroom. I asked him if he wanted to have the light on. This was his reply:
"No, because I don't want to waste the electricity."
I smiled inwardly and outwardly. I want my children to have the desire to not waste--whether electricity or water. I don't want them to obsess about it, but I do want them to wise about what they consume. It took me by surprise that Eli would say this, but it made me glad to know that he's on board.
I have recycled newspapers and aluminum cans all of my life. I can't remember a time when I didn't. In my mind, the reason I do it is because my mom did it when I was growing up. I'm glad she did. I hope my kids will feel the same way about me some day.