Eco-Challenge Update: I Cheated

March 2, 2011 · Print This Article

I cheated.  That’s right, you heard me.  I cheated on my January eco-challenge that week. I’m not proud – I really wanted to compose it through that month without buying anything new besides groceries.  But I thought distant and hard about it and I still stand by my decision.

So here’s the deal.

A young girl that I know is having a a birthday that week.  Not a good suitable reason, you say?  Normally, I would agree.  Handmade gifts.  Gift cards.  Repurposed gifts.  Any of these options would have made a perfectly acceptable birthday present for a young girl.

But that girl has been through a lot the past few years, including losing her dad in a car accident and moving in with her grandma (along with her two younger siblings) after custody was taken away from her mom.

She’s a great kid, but sometimes it’s hard to coach a smile out of her.  So I really wanted to manufacture a big deal about her birthday.  And yes, I

know that love and caring doesn’t come from a store.  I know that I could have knitted her a scarf or baked her some goodies and still stuck with my eco-challenge mission.

The fact is, I probably will do those things, but I additionally wanted her to have something else.  A book.  A fun book, that would be all hers.  One that would put a smile on her face and remind her that she is loved everytime she picked it up.

So that’s my big confession.  I bought a brand-spankin’ new book for a little girl who needs a little something special that week.

I’m curious to know what you all think.  Did I negate my January mission?  Or can I let that one lapse slide?

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