Monday, August 17, 2009

Green Seniors Inspire

Having taken 10 days off, I'm ready to get back to this blog. My engine has been revving, even as I was enjoying family time, poised to put the pedal to the metal again. Friday's short post on my husband and daughter's trip was just a teaser for me.

During my time off, I've witnessed some green seniors in action, and was inspired by them to share their inspirational activities with their grandkids. Whether you're a senior or just know one who might like these ideas, it is still wonderful to see the older baby boomers beginning to teach their young charges better ways. I hope, when my time comes, I'll be able to join them.

Here's just a few of the examples I've seen:

  • Visiting garage sales with the grandkids is a great way to set an example, while being able to buy them something fun for little more than pocket change.
  • For another view of this activity, helping your grandchild collect and sell old toys and clothes could be a fun, family event that will teach many lessons. Need some tips; check out the book at the bottom of the post.
  • Freebies on Craig's List seem to be catching on with seniors who are online.
  • A story about grandparents visiting a recycling plant with their family perked my ears. What a great way to inspire the kids to recycle.
  • Young children enjoy tending a vegetable garden, and there's no better way to get a child to try a green veggie, than when he has had a hand in growing it. Plant a garden together and watch your relationship grow, alongside the produce you'll be harvesting in a few months. It's a bonding experience for all.

While taking this recent time off, I found myself observing more for feelings than for post ideas. My topic idea list is around 3 pages long (and growing daily), so that will likely never be a problem. I did find that focusing on emotions, such as the inspiration of involved grandparents, tugged at my heartstrings--the green ones!

Thanks for joining me after a short hiatus, and I hope you'll keep reading and leave me a comment occasionally; the comment link is beside the white envelope icon just underneath each post. Your comments keep inspiring me. It's a team effort. Thanks for recharging my engine!

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