Nothing Gold

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost

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Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

I am a white American middle class suburban housewife trying desperately to tell herself that that is not who she is. One time I was a glowing young ruffian. Oh my God it was a million years ago.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Pledge

In an effort not to be so wasteful of resources, I've decided not to buy new clothes for myself anymore. I will only buy used. There are plenty of good used clothes available, so there's not a good reason why I should keep buying new stuff. Of course, not being as cool as I'd like to be, I'm making quite a few exceptions. These include:
undergarments and socks
bridesmaids dresses
stuff bought while mystery shopping
things that I have a need for (like warm gloves etc) that I've made an effort to find used but been unsuccessful.

Maybe I'll save enough money that when I do need to buy something that's new, I'll be able to afford to buy it from a more environmentally responsible company.

On another note, I need to share a conversation I overheard among the other preschool moms because I'm not a good enough person to keep my indignation to myself.
One of the moms recently traded in her Suburban for an Explorer and was sad to have to switch to such a small car. The other mom, who has one child and drives a huge Lincoln Navigator said, "They just don't make a car big enough for when you have kids. Once you get the kid and the dog and the groceries in it, that thing is full."
This is a mom that I like, and her son is Levi's friend, and I feel bad, but c'mon! Seriously? She has the third-stupidest huge wasteful car made, how much groceries does she buy at a time? And why does she take the dog to the grocery store?
I guess it's a cultural difference between here and where I wish I lived. I should try not to be judgemental of other cultures.