Romantic Conservation? A Blast From The Past!
Romance is in the air! Well…it should be, anyway. The great part about this day and age is that many people each and every day are jumping on board and becoming part of the ecologically-friendly lifestyle. They are figuring out things they can do on a daily basis that actually help save the planet for the next generation to enjoy.
What most people don’t think about, however, is the fact that they can be eco-friendly when it comes to all areas of life – not just recycling their garbage or using solar energy, etc. People can also save the world when it comes to enjoying a little downtime.
Yes, we are the technology society being run mostly by computers, but there are those who will continually state: “God, I miss the old days.” I’m one of them. Of course, it’s odd now that I say it seeing as that the old days for me were the 1980’s. But, of course, that’s really old to my daughter considering I wasn’t born decades ago, I was born in a completely different century.
But in those ‘olden’ days I learned a few things about romance, and I remember the simple things people used to do that many would consider sappy in 2013. Things that are the best ways to save the planet.
In this age of emails, Twitter, and the gigantic Facebook, people can easily send messages without using more paper (hence, killing no more trees, which is all good). But, when it comes to that card attached to those lovely flowers, or even a card in the mail offering words of happiness – recycled notes are out there able to be purchased. Not only are they lovely, but they also save the environment. I remember my grandfather leaving a note for Grandma every morning on the table before he went to work. They were simple notes (made from recycled cardboard) saying nice things to let her know that no matter what challenge the day ahead would bring, at least they would see each other again soon.
I know…but it’s not sappy, it’s nice. Along the same lines, taking a walk is an extremely romantic thing to do. My grandparents would walk hand in hand out of the house with smiles on their faces and head to the meadow where Grandpa proposed long ago. (A; Yes, we lived in the middle of nowhere and, B; this may sound like a novel, but it’s actually true.) My parents followed suit, and would spend time together walking down the sidewalk to the small beach that was in town. They would be laughing, probably happy to have a minute away from their teenage girls who were constantly yapping about something. No cars necessary, no fuel consumption happening, no extra toxins in the air – walking was the ‘greenest’ form of a date, and both couples gave me memories I’ll never forget.
My father loved growing and managing the little garden he had, and Mom would help, allowing them to spend even more time together between raising kids, dealing with careers and the pressures of life in general. The environment was blessed with this little gift, because not only does a garden help stop pollutants from infecting our water supplies, but also the vegetables, bushes, etc., treat the air to a little extra carbon dioxide which it sorely needs. Not only that, but they made a home for some truly stunning birds. The birds loved the area so much they stayed, managing the pesky insects so that the grass stayed in shape and any harmful insect repellents or chemicals were never needed.
My father was an animal lover – the creatures seemed to love him so much that many referred to him as Dr. Doolittle. By taking care of the surroundings at our home, Dad kept the vegetation growing, the lawns beautiful, and gave a home to the whitetails and other creatures who needed one. His lone hands literally saved and maintained a habitat.
As for saving energy, candles are more than romantic and the light bill is lowered, which is a definite plus for both environment and pocketbook. The heaters and air conditioners were never blasting in our house, because in the summer Mom opened the windows – loving the real air – and when it came to winter, cuddling was and is far more fun than spiking the utility bill by operating the gas furnace.
They also loved volunteering. From organizations where they could build a house to working on local projects like helping clean up the park, Mom and Dad were always by each other’s side, giving to the planet, the people and – most importantly, to me – themselves.
So before you roll your eyes at this step back in time and head on to the next chat, remember that some of the old ways are now very much needed when it comes to helping the planet and keeping that carbon footprint from growing. Carbon should only be related to one item in the world of romance and that’s the diamond – the diamond that could possibly be placed on your finger when walking through your own meadow and making your own memories!
Source: Baret News Wire