Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rainy day blogger # 12 & 35

An odd title for a first blog entry, perhaps. I named the overall blog "Tangled up in Green," a spin on the classic Dylan tune, because it was only fitting. Green. We label lots of things with it these days -- from household cleaners to vehicles and diapers -- with the underlying assumption that if it's green then it's automatically better for us. Before my first and only (to date) pregnancy in 2009, I never paid much mind to the label, but suddenly responsible for a budding human being, I found myself totally tangled up in it.

Sometimes it just made sense: Cloth breast pads that I could wash and use over were way more practical than using disposable ones. Breastfeeding, in general, might be the original "green," choice. Organic baby food seemed well worth the few extra cents, and making my own from local produce when possible came naturally. Then, gradually, and better late than never, I made the switch to cloth diapers.

The more I become immersed in green living and parenting, I realize just how hard-core some people are. I can't call myself a hippie by any means. I will NOT be encapsulating my future babies' placentas or planting them under a tree. I won't be using "family cloth" for toilet purposes - we'll stick to Angel Soft for now. I'm branching out into becoming more green, but only when it's practical, and usually in small doses. Thus, the title of this, my first blog entry. If you didn't catch the play on words, I'm citing Dylan again and his "They'll stone ya" lyrics. Surely, more purist, crunchy mothers would stone me for some of the choices I make (even if this isn't exactly how Bob meant it!).I'm doing what I can, and hope you'll join me on the journey. I'll even understand if I ruffle your feathers from time to time. After all, everybody must get stoned.

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