Mother's Day is this Sunday, so to honor moms everywhere please share your green living inspiration learned from your mother, grandmother, or any mom that you know. My own mom is incredibly bold and resourceful. She taught me a lot of things that influence the way I live now and, since it's also her birthday today, I thought I would share a few of the things she taught me.
• My mom taught me the importance of recycling by forcing me to fill the newspaper recycling bag and drag it outside on cold rainy days against my will. She taught me to re-use glass jars, plastic containers, glass liquor bottles, and she even repurposes old (washed) socks and underwear as cleaning rags.
• My mom made clothes for me and taught me how to sew. She dressed us in hand-me-downs and is still mad at a friend who borrowed a shirt from my brother and never returned it. My mom made sure that we always hung clothes on the clothesline on sunny days.
• My mom taught me how to save seeds to plant later, though sometimes to my embarrassment she would help herself to seeds from flowers and fruit growing in neighbors yards. She taught me to grow my own food and can the extra. My mom taught me about composting, but last year I taught her about vermi-composting and shared some of my worms with her.
So thank you mom for passing on your skills in handcrafting and resourcefulness, and Happy Birthday and Mother's Day!