Big contributions to Earth Day can come in small packages

Posted by Karly, Ziptivity’s South Shore Community Ambassador

This write up is a tribute to Earth Day and all the fun activities that surround it.  Yes, there are plenty of activities to do Friday (official Earth Day) on the South Shore, like Capron Zoo, Blue Bunny Books, and Patriot Place Variety Show.  But let me back up for a minute, if you don’t mind.

So, I think I am teaching my kids the right thing about not littering and being kind to the environment around us.  But somehow, believe it or not, this has sort of presented a problem.  Can’t imagine what problem could come from this quality lesson, right?  Well, my kids INSIST on picking up anything and everything everywhere we go!  It doesn’t matter if it’s chewed gum, a wrapper that has been run over several times, or someone’s used tissue! [Insert gag here.] I mean it’s so endearing that they want to be good doobies and pick up trash, but I, for one, do not carry enough hand sanitizer (not sure Purell even manufactures enough) to let them pick up all the trash we encounter.

This too is just plain sad because people still leave their trash everywhere.  But then, along comes someone who will help me teach them the lesson in a way that won’t get our hands ridiculously gross.  Who, you may ask?  Well, it’s this wonderful man who has a dust pan and broom and works outside of the Starbucks we frequent.  He is amazing.  He picks up all the trash in the parking lot – without actually TOUCHING IT.

Ah HA!  So I point him out to my children and tell them that he contributes to keeping our environment clean, yet he doesn’t have to worry about catching germs.  Their next question for me:  “Where do we buy one of those?!”  Too cute.

So I remind them that they are so sweet for wanting to pick up the trash in our parking lots, but they should know that they are making a difference every time they hand me their lollipop sticks, or a plastic chachki they got from a vending machine (side note:  they are obsessed with those grocery store 50-cent toy machines ).

The long and the short of it is, I’m glad they are listening and so visually in tune with the cleanliness (or lack thereof) of our surroundings.  They are actually learning the life lessons of taking care of our wonderful earth.  And if they happen to pick up something slimy off the pavement, I can’t be mad.  A little grossed out, to be sure.  But definitely proud that they want to make a difference.

Happy Earth Day!!  For more Earth Day family-friendly activities, search on Ziptivity.com!

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