We are on vacation. Out front of our cabin is a Rainbow type play/swing set on the beach. It gives hour of playime for our kids while the adults sit on the deck and converse over cocktails and snacks. It’s vacation after all – play and relaxation. Last night was no different. The kids were over playing along with two older boys (tweeners to be specific). The boys were eating peanuts in the shell – and throwing the shells on the beach. Now, it wasn’t cans, candy wrappers or paper – it was peanut shells. But this DID NOT SIT WELL with my daughter and niece. They were outraged. They come stomping over to us, hands on our their hips “Those boys over there are throwing peanut shells at us and LITTERING on the beach!!!” ….”WHY would anyone do that?” ….”That is mean to the enviroment!!!!!” – the rantings went on into the night. I over heard my daugher say to my niece “We should make signs and hang them up!”
Sure enough, first thing this morning…out come the markers, paper and crayons….a beautiful collection of signs with drawings of the earth, recycle arrows and words of action! “NO LITTERING!” “RECYCLE” – They took their No Littering campaign to the office and had a speak easy with the owner. They came back to report “She said if we pick them all up she will give us a free icee!!!” So, bag in hand…they run to the beach and start collecting litter and the peanut shells. The hung their signs of anger and love for the earth up – but due to the humidity the fell and littered the beach – *snicker*. So they picked them up and moved on to their next course of action – a lemonade stand – $.25 a cup – $.10 for refills, unless you are cute – then they’re free.
I am proud of those girls for taking care of their earth and realizing the importance of it. Wonder what other soap box issues they will have in their young lives. Good thing they don’t wear bras yet…there could be a bra burning before the week’s vacation is over!