|Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm. |
Dust Bowl, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
My efforts at sustainability have waxed and waned over the years. I admit that I have even found myself at times falling ungraciously into habits of super-consumerism that have no part in the lifestyle of someone who claims to be an environmentally-minded citizen of the world. I have had to forgive myself for these failings and do my best to return to some reasonable habits. While my habits as a crazy liberal, wannabe hippy, eco-activist have mixed with my habits of a buy-stuff-for-emotional-comfort, drive-like-there’s-no-tomorrow, eat-as-much-as-possible-and-don’t-worry-where-it-came-from kind of American, the fact remains that I continue to value this beautiful planet we call home. When I had children, it became important to me to consider ways to teach those values to them. As they have grown older, it has also become increasingly apparent that my husband and I must consistently model actions that match these values.