Saturday, March 3, 2012

I'm figgering on biggering...

... or at least undergoing a semi-radical overhaul. On the ol' blog, that is. Which I think reflects some shifting priorities in our lives.

This post title is a homage to Dr. Suess, who would have been 108 years old yesterday. The Once-ler in "The Lorax" went on biggering his Thneed production- with horrible consequences... those poor Bar-ba-loots with crummies in their tummies :(

If you haven't read The Lorax, please do... before you see the movie that was just released. The Lorax has been part of our family life for years now- thanks to a thoughtful Christmas gift from close friends when the girls were young. Our son has grown up with it. My husband can recite it by heart (as he can most of the other Dr. Suess books we own). I have mixed feelings about going to see the movie. I'm sure we will go, but I don't want it to colour the way I think about The Lorax and the Bar-ba-loots, or even the Swomee-Swans.

The take-home message of The Lorax has been resonating pretty loudly for me lately. We live such a typical suburban lifestyle: 3 kids, 2 jobs, constant moving to and from activities- I can't imagine having less than 2 vehicles! I'm sensitive to our impact on the environment and our carbon footprint... we try to lessen it in the ways we can, but we could always do more, there's no doubt. The key is to set our priorities, and make time for them, I think. That's where I'm heading... or at least trying to.

Because UNLESS someone like me cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.
Its not.

Taking personal responsibility + making a plan for action = "biggering" in the right direction.