My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Monday, October 26, 2009


I have been unable to post for almost a week now. I have been back on night shift and it seems as if all I have been doing is sleeping. Working at night and sleeping during the day is tremendously taxing. It doesn't matter how much sleep that I never seems enough.

We had visitors this weekend...two smalls and a daddy... and on Sunday night poppy shared a meal with his great grandsons. It was wonderful having so many generations around that table.

Dustin, the six year old small, had many questions. He questioned me about why I removed a plastic bag from the garbage and why I felt so strongly about not bringing plastic into the house. It was a great teaching op and after typing "Plastics in Ocean" on Youtube, I was able to show him a video that spoke of the greatest crime against the environment...the use of plastic.

He sat on my lap and I felt his little body become tense at the images of dolphins and turtles playing with floating plastic bags, and he was horrified to see birds with their heads stuck in rings that had previously held our pop cans together. These images, as hard to view as they were, made an impression, and for the rest of the weekend, Dusting asked what many of the items in our home were made of. He reminded his daddy not to bring home plastic and to take a reusable bag when he went shopping.

I truly believe that our children, with knowledge and guidance, will do much to help heal our environment. At this age, they are like little sponges and are not yet conditioned or hardened to the harsh realities of the world.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Much was accomplished.


  1. Wendy, that was a wonderful teaching moment for the little one. Now he will remember and hopefully won't forget as you help one step at a time to save our wonderful wildlife. This was a great post, and I'm really glad to have you back, at least for a little while.

  2. Hi Djan! It is great to be back! I AM tired, though...

    It was a great opportunity. Although it was difficult for him to watch this, I felt it necessary. He has seen worse for know...the fictional horrors we watch, but this did bother him. I am glad. I explained that we can all make a difference, one little step at a time.

  3. Plenty of knowledge is the best thing for kids. Teaching them now will help them to grow up as very smart adults.

  4. a very educational time for the young ones..

  5. Wonderful lesson!! I totally agree. We have had our small grandson, age 22 months, put all the recycling into the right bins. He is happy to be able to help, and the lessons are not lost because of his age.

  6. Glad you enjoyed your time with your family and share that important info with Dustin.

  7. Hi Wendy, oh the night shift can be rough, I'm not sure if one ever gets caught up on their sleep.
    How wonderful to have your family together for a meal and then to teach Dustin about plastics, now that is a good thing....)-) Hugs