Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy Humble New Year

The recent media attention has us feeling like we've reached semi-celebrity status.  I wonder if this what Andy Warhol meant when he predicted in 1968 that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."  In response to this attention, carfree mom is feeling a bit humbled.  After all, we're not the first family or the only family in town not to own a car (and certainly not in the greater metro area).  We see plenty of families on TriMet, although not quite as many traveling as a group on bikes.  So why all the attention?  Is it because we went carfree by choice instead of by need or circumstance?  Does it really make a difference?  Recently while waiting with my bike trailer one early morning for Trader Joe's to open I observed others in the parking lot.
Photo by Icepick http://www.panoramio.com/photo/42987753
One woman was sitting in her idling car with a small dog on her lap.  Another snoozed under blankets next to the grocery cart overloaded with all her worldly belongings in a corner of the strip mall.  Knowing nothing other than what my eyes could see about either one, I contemplated their impact on the planet at that moment and what influences and circumstances might have brought these women of similar age to such different places.  I will not judge either.  But our neighbor with the grocery cart will receive my gratitude for living gently upon the Earth.  I am grateful to all people for choices they make to care for the planet, and also to those who live gently without as many choices available to them.  Thank you.

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