Sometimes getting old is very disconcerting. For example, my neighbor’s kids were practically just out of diapers when my wife and I first moved into the neighborhood. Next thing I know, the kids are off to college! Then you know your “old”.
Other things though are just plain gratifying. I remember when recycling was the realm of tree huggers and environmental wacko’s. Average self-respecting citizens were outraged they had to separate glass and cardboard and pick through their garbage. The idea of conservation was just plain un-American.
Now, as it should be, it’s just part of our daily routine. Recycling is no longer the realm of the activist. It’s just something that needs doing, like mowing the lawn or raking the leaves.
We even make it a game – just to see how little will make it to the garbage can. We’ve gotten so good that on most weeks, we’re lucky to have 3/4th of the can empty and sometimes even more. In fact, we get resentful if we find a product that doesn’t have a recycling code on it!
But now to find out that all that effort is saving the City money is quite gratifying. As indicated in the paper of record yesterday, the City was able to keep $200,000 this last year!
In fact, our general conservation efforts can be a powerful weapon against budget redlines and looming debt.
But we have to do it together as a community or our efforts will be in vain.
The original settlers learned to do things together to survive the harsh weather and tough landscape of New England.
As budget shortfalls continue and the economy flounders, it won’t be long before it’s no longer a game but necessary for our very survival.