Oh, hey! Am I too late for Blog Action Day? I hadn’t heard of it until right this moment. It's an environmental awareness thing, right? It's not my usual kind of topic (I'm more about rampant consumerism), but oKAY! Paul is playing rummy with the mother-in-law, so I have a few minutes.
Here is what I have noticed about environmental issues and me: If someone asks me to make a huge change or care about huge things, I shut it out. Sometimes I even get angry, or I get completely discouraged about doing anything at all. I think, "My own personal change of heart on this issue is not going to have a measurable effect on the collective actions of multiple nations. Therefore, unless I am going to become an activist--which I am not--there is no point in even paying attention."
If, however, someone asks me to do something in more of a "Do the best you can, because even a tiny thing makes a big difference" way, I exceed expectations. Ask me to swap "just one" incandescent bulb for a fluorescent one, and I'll change every bulb in the house.
I might as well come out and tell you that where I'm going with this is that I use handkerchiefs. Cloth handkerchiefs, yes. I blow my nose into pieces of cloth, yes, which I then launder, yes. Listen, I know this is a lot to take in, and I can wait while you adjust to the idea. If you need a little space to re-evaluate our relationship, that's fine.
I understand. You think it's gross. "You blow your nose into fabric and then save it in your pocket?," you're saying incredulously, if you can talk while gagging. I didn't grow up using them, so it was a hurdle for me, too. At first it felt like wiping my nose on my sleeve, but it didn't take long for it to seem completely normal. And that makes sense: paper facial tissues haven't even been around for 100 years yet, and before that everyone used fabric without feeling weird about it or thinking it was gross. Blowing your nose on a thin piece of paper and then burying it in a hole in the ground--now THAT would have seemed weird and gross.
Where was I? Oh, yes. Doing my part for environmental awareness by writing about blowing my nose.
Also see: Belated Blog Action Day
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