My Apologies for the Carbon Footprint
You may have heard adults talk about how hard it was for them as kids. How they walked to school uphill both ways in the snow…
Well I didn’t walk to school, but my kids have walked to and from school. We have had the good fortune of living near the school in both our old neighborhood and in our present neighborhood. There is a slight difference however. Florida was flat. I mean mega flat. If you see a hill in southern Florida you’re looking at a highway overpass or the landfill. I repeat: The topography is incredibly flat.
Texas hill country is not so flat – and I love that. However it does add a new dimension to the walk to and from school. The girls worked it out in the beginning. They walked themselves to school daily. But then one of them started playing trombone and had to carry the heavy instrument and case combo. I also felt that they must be really tired at the end of the day and the weather was too hot to struggle home in the sun. I would wait until the weather got cooler to have them walk home.
That part of the plan never materialized. The drive home from school became my favorite part of the day. From the moment they enter the car it starts with “guess what happened today” or “there was this kid who…” It’s my favorite thing ever. When they walk home they’re tired and just sit and catch their breath before going to their rooms. When I pick them up we have these great conversations – for at least 20 minutes.
Every mile we drive we burn fossil fuel and add to the carbon footprint. We live two miles from school and technically the children can walk. It’s hot and parts are uphill and they’re loaded down with books and band instruments. The time we spend talking on the way home is to me – priceless. Sorry about the carbon footprint. I’ll have to be more vigilant and conservative in other ways. I wouldn’t trade this for the world.
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