I really enjoy Earth Day. I think it’s one of my favorite holidays. (Is it really a holiday, or is it just in my head that it’s a holiday?) Anyway, As much as I like the idea of Earth day, I dislike the idea that we should only think about our planet one day a year. Also, I thought it was a little ironic it was also trash day in our neighborhood today. It was awful to see the sidewalks piled high with trash on none other than Earth day.
I went to an Earth day festival in the park today where there were lots of vendors giving away free samples, plastic junk with their logos printed on it, and overall, generating more trash than otherwise would have occurred if the festival had not taken place. Why? Why does excess trash have to accompany things like that? It’s not like people wouldn’t have enjoyed the band performances or the hula hoops scattered all over the grassy areas any less without all the corporate ploys for extra business. I guess they never miss an opportunity to make money. Just once, I’d like to go somewhere like that and not have plastic junk thrust in my face in the name of marketing. Husband and I did a pretty good job of resisting, but caved at the Stonyfield yogurt free samples. We shared one to cut down on the trash, if that counts for anything. I can’t resist good yogurt, I just can’t!
As much as I wish I could say something profound today, or at least report that I spent today planting trees or cleaning up trash, I can’t. I went to an earth day festival and then to a Ukrainian egg decorating workshop. But as the song goes, “I am an Earth Day helper, and what they say is true, that every day is earth day, that means today is too.” Just something I sang with my first-graders back when I taught music (it’s still a little weird to say that I used to teach…). I do try to do my part every day, not just one day a year. And that means some days are better than others. This may not have been one of my best days, but I’ll still be working on it tomorrow too.