The day had finally arrived - when Jeremy left us to go off to college. We had been preparing for this day since we read him his first board book. But there were still mixed feelings as our last child left the nest. I was excited to witness this move towards independence and exploration, but I was going to miss him. I hoped that we had prepared him to live a sustainable lifestyle on his own.
As the departure date grew closer, we started gathering what he would need for his first apartment. Jeremy drafted a list and I kept adding to it. I was pleased to see that he included vinegar in the cleaning supplies section (instead of some poisonous chemical cleaner.) I added baking soda to the list. I figured out what utensils he would need to make his favorite vegetarian foods and went through our cupboards in search of them. I started stacking them - along with our extra pots and pans, silverware, etc - on the dining room table.
This weekend he came home for the first time since he went off to college. You guessed it! He brought home his laundry! lol
He wanted to use our washing machine because the water goes into our greywater basin to nourish the fruit trees!
I couldn't be prouder.
Jeremy will be coming home next week to join me in performing environmental stories at the ¡Agua es Vida! Celebration of Water in the Desert and Short Film Showcase at Watershed Management Group! Looks like I could be prouder...
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Teachable moment for the boys