After spending an evening in darkness, I have to admit that I was losing enthusiasm for No Impact Week. I had a lot of work to do, and I didn’t feel like leaving the room, so I just hunched over my computer in complete darkness. I missed the light even though I didn’t really need it. I did realize that the hall lights are always on, so I kept my door open for a while. I picked up dinner at Slayter with the cardboard box that probably can’t be recycled. I’m using it as a compost bin though, so that’s something. As I sat in almost darkness, eating my black bean burger, I decided to pick up my favorite childhood book. I read The Giving Tree from the dim light of the hall, and it was an oddly nice moment.
It’s also really great to be able to read a kid’s book and get even more out of it than you did when you were 5. It is also very relevant to this project. Obviously nature doesn’t have emotions, and a tree doesn’t care whether we swing from it’s branches, or collect it’s leaves, or take it’s apples. But we take and take, just like the boy. All that was left of that giving tree was a stump. The tree was happy, but not really. She wasn’t really a tree anymore. As I sat there reading it in the dark, I felt better about not having the lights on, but really sad about all of the amazing places and habitats we’re destroying so that we can have these things we don’t really need.
This morning, I had a fair amount of ho-hum time to just drink my coffee. I realized it was sort of better this way, because I’m usually rushing around and then checking websites to keep updated. Today I got to just wake up slowly with a really great cup of coffee. I got lunch today from the to-go place at Curtis, and as a result, there was some plastic wrapping that I recycled. I’ve stayed strong with no pop cans and candy wrappers. I did not stay as strong last night with TV. I had to watch Homeland, guys.. Please don’t judge me. It was the second to last episode and Brody is seeking asylum in Iran on an undercover mission to kill the terrorist Iranian leader so that the next leader in line will come to power, the leader who the CIA has turned! And man, it was a good episode. That’s it for the week, though. I promise.