Today I am proud to post the thoughts on Green things of a fellow single mum…..
Since becoming a single parent many things that I once held dear to my heart, or in actual fact was quietly smug about, have fallen by the wayside.Â None more so than my “green” credentials, from once being a 3 box, compost bin and water butt kind of girl I am now a, err tescos man please can you take these carrier bags away because they are driving me up the wall kind of girl.Â No longer am I saving all my cardboard, sorting out the aluminium tins or saving my peelings and though I know I should feel some sort of guilt, I am ashamed to admit that there is none.
I am not a litterer, I often come home from the school run with pockets bulging with wrappers and the car looks like the inside of a wheelie bin, its just that I can’t seem to get my head round the fact that at some point going to the tip is now under my banner of jobs to do, along with everything else that is required in running a house single handedly.
Please some one convince me that all the effort of seperating my rubbish, and keeping everything neatly stacked in the garage to be taken to the tip once a week, with 2 energetic boys bouncing around in the back of the car is actually going to make a difference to global warming and greenhouse gas emmissions.
The thought of not only having to save, stack and then move weeks of rubbish just to take it to the “recycling centre” but to also having to do it with the boys fills me with dread.Â I can imagine getting there, ordering them to stay put and the second my back was turned the 6 year old slipping his seatbelt off, untieing his baby brother and them making their escape to the world of “stig of the dump”. I’d lose them in one of those massive containers because they would be trying to re-inact the end of Toy Story 3. So no thank you, if dear council you are prepared to take it away without me having to sort it or if you are willing to reduce my council tax as a form of payment for the effort that needs to be put in, I will not be sorting out my rubbish for you untill the kids are driving and they can go play at the tip by themseleves, though should you decide to send Brad Pitt to ask me to do it, I may reconsider….
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