Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Saving Electricity

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.  


  1. When I was growing up my parents, especially my dad, would say, "Do you own stock in the electric company?" every time we left a light on. Still annoys me to this day, but I reflexively turn lights out when I leave a room. I've even turned off the lights in the bathroom...while one of the girls was still in the bath tub! :) I'm sure our children will be laughing at all the "ridiculous" things we did, even while they do those same things as adults.

  2. That's too funny! :) I can just imagine how surprised the girls were ;)